In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music at the Morgan

Verscheyde soorten van gedierten

Haarlem: Margareta van Bancken..., 1690

36 x 29 cm

Purchased on the Ball Fund, 1985

Affordable Animals
Printed on cheap paper and, at a penny or two, meant to be affordable to the general public, this Dutch catchpenny print from the seventeenth century is in remarkable condition. Printed from twenty-four small woodblocks, the print's diverse animal subjects are meant to be instructive as well as amusing, a child's introduction to natural history. The most exalted exotic animals, the lion and elephant, appear first, followed by the cow and horse, two animals central to artistic depictions of Dutch rural life.