Lot 363A: ANTIQUE 1886 Harper's Weekly Full Page Illustration Of Animal Wonders Of New York City's Central Park Zoo

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April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM EST
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Description: ANTIQUE 1886 Harper's Weekly Illustration, suitable for framing, of the Rhinoceros "Bombe" at the Central Park Zoo in NYC. It is interior page of the July 3, 1886 Issue of Harper's Weekly. Bombe's "portrait" fills the center of the page while sketches of his life fill the margin of the page. Text on the verso of the page gives a picture of Bombe's short but sensation life in America. He was sent as the gift of an Indian Prince & as a rare & exotic animal (at that time) was a sensation. Alas, Bombe died after only two weeks of fame. The illustration is Titled: "THE RHINOCEROS BOMBE." The artist of the page is Frederick S. Church an artist & illustrator of high renown. The portrait images measure approximately 5 inches high X 8 inches wide with the other sketches filling the page.

Left edge shows removal marks from the Harper's volume it came from, while the other edges show edge wear with short closed tears. All defects will be covered by the mat when framed. Paper is lightly age toned but not brittle. Overall the piece is Good plus Condition.

Frederick Stuart Church (1842–1924) was an artist, working mainly as an illustrator and especially known for his (often allegorical) depiction of animals. He gained a name as a gifted illustrator. Among the many magazines and periodicals which eventually took up his works were the various Harper's publications. In 1883, Church was elected into the National Academy Of Design.

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