1878 – The Sly Fox

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“The Sly Fox – 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 young fox, caught near Bridgewater, was placed in the kitchen of the White Hart, and brought up as a turnspit. One morning he was seized with a desire to see something of the outer world, so he left his box, crept out of the house, and took to his heels. Viewed by a pack of hounds, poor Reynard had to fly for his life. He took hedge, ditch, and bank, as straight as a line, dashed into the kitchen, jumped into his box, and went on with his work of turning with extraordinary energy. The pack, however, rushed in after him, and would have torn him to pieces, had not the huntsman come up just in time, and whipped off the dogs.”

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Detail: The Sly Fox, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Chatterbox Album of Animals

Detail: 1878 – The Sly Fox                                       Book Cover:  Chatterbox Album of Animals, 1878

Detail: The Sly Fox, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Artist's signature in plate

Details: 1878 – The Sly Fox                                     (Last detail with artist’s signature in plate)

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