1871 – Dormouse and Nest

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“Dormouse and Nest”, by Harrison Weir, is a full page book plate image, taken from the February edition of “The Children’s Friend”, published by S.W Partridge & Co, in 1872. The drawing however, was executed in 1871. The illustration is accompanied by a short anecdote, taken from the “Child’s Poetical Naturalist”, which reads as follows: “The Dormouse, (Myoxis Glis) builds its nest in the hollow of trees, or beneath thick shrubs. Much ingenuity is displayed in the construction of these solitary cells, and no small degree of instinct discoverable in the provision which it makes for future exigencies. It feeds upon nuts, beans, and acorns, a plentiful supply of which it takes care to collect and store up in its snug retreat. These animals pass the greatest part of the winter in a state of lethargy, rolled up like a ball, and sometimes when found, appear almost frozen; but the gentle action of the hand will generally revive them, as a very small degree of heat is sufficient for that purpose.”

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Detail: Dormouse and Nest, by Harrison Weir       Title Page: The Children's Friend 1872

Detail: 1871 – Dormouse and Nest                                       Title Page:  The Children’s Friend, 1872

Detail: Dormouse and Nest, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Dormouse and Nest, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1871 – Dormouse and Nest                                   (Last detail, with artist’s signature in plate)

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