1878 – Sagacity of a Sparrow

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“Sagacity of a Sparrow – by Harrison Weir” is a full page book plate image, taken from the “Chatterbox Album of Animals”, published by W.W.Gardner, circa 1878. The short anecdote accompanying the illustration, reads as follows: “A tiny, unfledged House-sparrow, unable to fly any distance, had somehow tumbled into an area. How do you think its mother got it out? She fetched a stout straw, and flying on to an iron bar, which lay across the area, she held the straw down for her little one. The little Sparrow took the straw in its beak, and its mother then pulled it up.”

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Detail: Sagacity of a Sparrow, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover

Detail: 1878 – Sagacity of a Sparrow                                Book Cover:  Chatterbox Album of Animals, 1878

Detail: Sagacity of a Sparrow, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Sagacity of a Sparrow, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1878 – Sagacity of a Sparrow                               (Last detail, with artist’s signature in plate)

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