Artefact of the Month - December 2012
Dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes: a monograph of the Canidae / by St. George Mivart; with woodcuts, and 45 coloured plates drawn from nature by J.G. Keulemans and hand-coloured. Published: London, 1890.
This month we feature a suitably wintry picture of an Esquimaux Dog illustrated by John Gerrard Keulemans (1842-1912). St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900) wrote the text of this 216 page book. He wrote: "One of the most interesting breeds... is the Esquimaux Dog, which so closely resembles the wolf... Our plate represents a fine specimen of this breed living in the Gardens of the Zoological Society." (p.163).
Keulemans drew the Dog from life, but depicted it in a snowy landscape rather than in London.
London Zoo had its first Esquimaux Dog in 1828; the year the Zoo opened.
Two other examples of the fine work of Keulemans can also be seen below: one an Antarctic Wolf, and then in complete contrast, one of the "now multitudinous breeds of the Domestic Dog" (Mivart, p.161) - a Mexican Lap-Dog.