1879 – Jack knows best


“Jack knows best..” is a full page book plate image, taken from “Ways and Tricks of Animals”, by Mary Hooper, published by Griffith & Farran, circa 1879. The illustration is undated, and is the first in a series about Jack, a young donkey, who has to learn the hard way about some of the realities of life. The story relates his adventures, both negative and positive. The book itself is a compilation of stories about Aunt Mary’s pets..and some of the illustrations are from earlier publications under different names, most notably those from “Crib and Fly” by the same publishing house. It was not uncommon for the story books published in England to be repackaged and republished under an alternative title in the United States.  Mary Hooper, was already famous as a Cookery instructor and her many books on cookery were well established. Like other successful authors, they often turned their attentions (or were directed to do so by their publishers) to story books about Animals for children, which were so very popular in Victorian England.

Prints currently available of this image in A4 and A3 sizing options.


Detail: Jack knows best, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Ways and Tricks of Animals by Mary Hooper

Detail: 1879 – Jack knows best                                           Book Cover:  Ways and Tricks of Animals, by Mary Hooper

Detail: Jack knows best, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Jack knows best, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1879 – Jack knows best                                          (last detail with artist’s signature in plate)

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