1877 – A Sagacious Hen


“A Sagacious Hen” is a beautiful full page book plate image, taken from the April 1877 edition of “The Children’s Friend”, published by S.W.Partridge. An anecdote is quoted from Jesse’s “Gleanings in Natural History” which reads: “The following instance of the maternal anxiety and sagacity of a hen is worth recording. In consequence of some heavy rains, nearly all the ground about a poultry-yard was covered with water. At this time there was a brood of young chickens in the hen-house; they were on the roosting-place, and could not get down in consequence of the water. In this situation they remained nearly two days, at the end of which time the hen was seen to convey them, one by one, on her back, to the grass-plot at a short distance, wading through the water as well as she could. In this way the chickens were saved from being either starved or drowned.”

Beautifully illustrated, prints of this remarkable anecdote, are now available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.


1877 A Sagacious Hen, by Harrison Weir       Title Page: The Children's Friend 1877-78

Detail: 1877 – A Sagacious Friend                        Title Page: The Children’s Friend 1877, Vol XVII

Detail: A Sagacious Hen, by Harrison Weir

Detail: 1877 – A Sagacious Hen

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