1873 – Fox and Young


“Fox and Young” – by Harrison Weir, is a full page book plate image, taken from “Animals and their Young”, by Harland Coultas, and published by S.W.Partridge & Co, in 1891. However, like many of the drawings in this publication, this drawing had been executed many years earlier, and published previously in an 1873 edition of “The Children’s Friend”, a book from the same publishing house.  It is an endearing image of a mother fox and her young. In Victorian literature, foxes are invariably discussed in terms of their “cunning”, but this relates solely to their ability to escape the “hunt”. They are reticent and shy by nature, and in this study the artist as naturalist is interested in showing us a glimpse of the truth in nature, the quiet repose of the cubs and watchful care of the mother fox. Somewhat reminiscent of a “still” shot, taken from a modern documentary, we get to see a moment in the life of these naturally playful animals when safe from harm.

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Detail: Fox and Young, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover

Detail: 1873 – Fox and Young                                              Book Cover:  Animals and their Young, by Harland Coultas

Detail: Fox and Young, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Fox and Young, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1873 – Fox and Young                                            (Last detail, with artist’s signature in plate)

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