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The Zoological Society of London commissioned the German-born Wolf to begin water colours to document the animals at the Zoo in Regent’s Park. Regent’s Park had been opened in 1828 and had many species from across the globe including the first live African elephant ever brought to England.
Wolf is often considered the best animal painter of all time. He completed over 25 plates for John Gould’s famous works as well. Each of Wolf’s plates are known for their scientific nature and artistry. Wolf drew animals in their natural settings and helped pave the way for modern wildlife art.
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Hand-coloured lithograph from Zoological Sketches made for the Zoological Society of London, from animals in their vivarium, in the Regent’s Park, 1861-67.
Artist: Joseph Wolf
Print size: 22 7/8 x 17 3/16 inches (58cm x 43.5cm) approximately.
Plate: 14 x 9 1/2 inches (35.5cm x 24cm) approx.
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