1870 – Pink is broken-hearted


“Pink is broken-hearted” is a full page book plate image, taken from “Ways and Tricks of Animals”, by Mary Hooper, published by Griffith & Farran, circa 1879. This illustration, although undated, is likely to date from 1870 as with the other illustration of the hen named “Pink”. The story accompanying it, is entitled “How Pink’s pride had a fall” and tells of how Pink travelled to the Crystal Palace Show to compete in the Dorking class, but was not awarded a prize.  The book itself is a compilation of stories about Aunt Mary’s pets..and some of the illustrations are from earlier publications under different names, with some of the familiar pictures and the characters in them, being given new names and new captions. Most notably those from “Crib and Fly” amongst others, by the same publishing house. It was not uncommon for the story books published in England to be repackaged and republished under an alternative title in the United States.  Mary Hooper, was already famous as a Cookery instructor and her many books on cookery were well established. Like other successful authors, they often turned their attentions (or were directed to do so by their publishers) to story books about Animals for children, which were so very popular in Victorian England.

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Detail: Pink is broken-hearted, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Ways and Tricks of Animals by Mary Hooper

Detail: 1870 – Pink is broken-hearted                             Book Cover:  Ways and Tricks of Animals, by Mary Hooper

Detail: Pink is broken-hearted, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Pink is broken-hearted, by Harrison Weir

Details:  1870 – Pink is broken-hearted                          (Last detail with artist and engravers signatures in plate)

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