1870 – Pink shows Downy her nest

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“Pink shows Downy her nest” is a full page book plate image, taken from “Ways and Tricks of Animals”, by Mary Hooper, published by Griffith & Farran, circa 1879. This delightful illustration is dated 1870.  The story accompanying it, is entitled “How Pink’s pride had a fall”. 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 shows Downy her nest, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Ways and Tricks of Animals by Mary Hooper

Detail: 1870 – Pink shows Downy her nest.                   Book Cover:  Ways and Tricks of Animals, by Mary Hooper

Detail: Pink shows Downy her nest, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Pink shows Downy her nest, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1870 – Pink shows Downy her nest.                     (Last detail with artist’s signature in plate)

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