Cows in summer. American. Thomas Bigelow Craig, painter. Living from 1849 to 1924, sometimes he painted sheep, too. Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The Watering Place. 1891. American. Oil on canvas. Thomas Bigelow Craig, painter (1849-1924). Signed and dated THOS. B. CRAIG 1891 on the lower left. Titled, inscribed, and dated Painted by Nature by THOS. B. CRAIG.1891 on the reverse. Image  © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC,  Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://live.skinnerinc.com/lots/view/4-5ZWQ7Z/thomas-bigelow-craig-american-1849-1924


Cattle on a country road. Undated, by 1924. American. Oil on canvas. Thomas Bigelow Craig, painter (1849-1924). Signed Thos. B. Craig on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2022, Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4559006

Cattle grazing in a river landscape. 1893. American. Oil on canvas. Thomas Bigelow Craig, painter (1849-1924). Signed and dated Thos. B. Craig 1893 on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2022, Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-4341488

19th century birds painted by Danish artist Niels Peter Rasmussen. Living from 1847 to 1918, he also painted portraits and flowers.

Pigeon. February 3, 1907. Danish. oil on canvas. Niels Peter Rasmussen, painter (1847-1918). Date and monogram Søndag (Sunday) 3. Febr. 1907 “NPR” on the upper left. Image source bruun-rasmussen.dk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niels_Peter_Rasmussen_-Due-_1907.png



 Gravand liggende i græsset.. July 12, 1906. Danish. Oil on cardboard. Niels Peter Rasmussen, painter (1847-1918). Inscribed with a monogram, location and date NPR” Viborg 12 Juli 1906 on the lower right. Image source bruun-rasmussen.dk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niels_Peter_Rasmussen_-Gravand_liggende_i_gr%C3%A6sset-_1906.png

Skægmejse siddende på en kvist. May 20m 1916. Danish. Oil on cardboard. Niels Peter Rasmussen, painter (1847-1918). Inscribed with a monogram and the date on the bottom left: “NPR” 20 Mai 1916. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niels_Peter_Rasmussen_-_Sk%C3%A6gmejse_siddende_p%C3%A5_en_kvist.png

Tre gråspurve venter på edderkoppen. December, 1902. Oil on canvas. . Niels Peter Rasmussen, painter (1847-1918). Monogram and date bottom right: “NPR” Decb 1902. Image source bruun-rasmussen.dk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niels_Peter_Rasmussen_-Tre_gr%C3%A5spurve_venter_p%C3%A5_edderkoppen-_1902.png

Lithographs of Victorian cats, taken from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s “A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats” which was printed in London by Taylor and Francis between 1878 and 1883. All of these being part of one lot in a current Sotheby’s sale.

Felis Domestica, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi
Felis Lynx, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi
Felis Caracal, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi
Felis Chaus, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi

More depictions of animals, these being paintings in oil on panel. Mostly sheep, ducks and chickens but some cattle too. Belgian. Franz van Severdonck, artist (1809-1889).

Sheep and Chickens at Pasture. 1864. Belgian. Oil on panel. Franz van Severdonck, artist (1809-1889). Signed and dated F van Severdonck 1864 on the lower left. Illegibly inscribed on the back. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC,  Fair use license. via https://live.skinnerinc.com/lots/view/4-5CI3F1/franz-van-severdonck-belgian-1809-1889
Cattle, sheep and poultry in a landscape. 1873. Belgian. Oil on panel. Franz van Severdonck, artist (1809-1889). Signed and dated F. Van Severdonck f1873 on the lower right. Inscribed Je soussigné déclare que le tableau ci-contre représentant vaches, taureaux, moutons est peint par moi – Francois Van Severdonck on the back. Image © Bonhams 2001-2022. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19571/lot/27/?category=list
Untitled work with sheep and poultry. Undated, by 1889. Belgian. Oil on panel. Franz van Severdonck, artist (1809-1889). Image © 2022 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/1523781-franz-van-severdonck-1809-1889
Weite Frühlingslandschaft mit Schafen, Undated, by 1889. Belgian. Oil on panel. Franz van Severdonck, artist (1809-1889). Image source; Hampel Auctions. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_van_Severdonck_Weite_Fr%C3%BChlingslandschaft_mit_Schafen.jpg

Cows by American artist William Henry Howe. Living from 1846 to 1929, he won a medal at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 (The White City).


“Lyme Pastures.” 1920. American. Signed and dated on the lower left. Currently located at the Dallas Museum of Art. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Henry_Howe_-Lyme_Pastures(1920).jpg
 “Monarch of the Farm.” 1891. American. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower left. Collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the public domain because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monarch_of_the_Farm_SAAM-1921.1.3_1.jpg

“Made in the Shade.” 1887. American. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/art/paintings/animal-paintings/william-henry-howe-made-shade/id-a_5104802/

“Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America” which was issued in 30 parts between 1845 and 1848. Animals drawn from nature by John James and John Woodhouse Audubon and printed and colored by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia. In two volumes. Collections of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library.

“American Beaver.” 1844. American. Plate number XLVI (46). Volume 1. After John James and John Woodhouse Audubon. Printed and colored by J. T. Bowen. Collections of the
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. Genealogy & Local History Department. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digital.cincinnatilibrary.org/digital/collection/p16998coll34/id/47/rec/2
“Bos americanus, Gmel. American Bison or Buffalo. 1/7 Natural Size. Male.” 1845. Plate LVI (56). Volume 1. After John James and John Woodhouse Audubon. Printed and colored by J. T. Bowen. Collections of the
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. Genealogy & Local History Department. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digital.cincinnatilibrary.org/digital/collection/p16998coll34/id/57/rec/4
“Ursus americanus, Pallas. American Black Bear. Male and Female.” 1848. Plate
CXLI (141). Volume 2. After John James and John Woodhouse Audubon. Printed and colored by J. T. Bowen. Collections of the
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. Genealogy & Local History Department. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digital.cincinnatilibrary.org/digital/collection/p16998coll34/id/146/rec/5

Birds from William Swainson’s “Zoological illustrations, or, Original figures and descriptions of new, rare, or interesting animals : selected chiefly from the classes of ornithology, entomology, and conchology, and arranged on the principles of Cuvier and other modern zoologists”, Published in London between 1820 and 1823.

“Carduelis cucullata: Hooded seed-eater”. Plate 7, page 54. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/54/mode/1up
“Merops urica: Javanese bee-eater”. Plate 8, page 60. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/60/mode/1up
“Platyrhynchus ceylonensis: Ceylonese flat-bill.” Plate 13, page 93. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/93/mode/1up
“Picus rubiginosus: Brown woodpecker.” Plate 14, page 96. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/96/mode/1up

Portraits of African animals, hand colored aquatints (watercolors), taken from Samuel and William Daniell’s 1804 work “African Scenery and Animals”. From a family of landscape artists, Samuel Daniells traveled extensively in Africa with his brother William where they drew as they went, publishing their work after. All of these being offered in one lot by Doyle Auctions in New York.

“The African Rhinoceros.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Hippopotamus.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Klip-springer.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The African Hog.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the

Fish, birds and plants, plates from Mark Catesby’s two volume 1754 folio “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants.” Second edition.

“Suillus” (?). Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Turdus Rhomboidalis” (upper) and “Turdus” (lower image). Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Cancer clieîis crafsifsimis.” Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Live oak” (left) and the large red crested woodpecker (right).” Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of
“Ardea (heron)” and “Lobelia.” Image from “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants; particularly, those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French.” Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/fine-books-and-manuscripts-2/catesby-mark-the-most-famous-colorplate-book-of

Exotic butterflies at mid century, the 19th century that is. Just as beautiful as they are now and I hope none of these are now extinct. Taken from W. C. Hewitson’s 1856 work “Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies: selected chiefly from the collections of W. Wilson Saunders and William C. Hewitson.” All of these plates having been printed by Hullmandel & Walton.

“Papilionidae: ornithoptera and papilio: Ornithoptera Brookeana Wallace and Papilio idaeoides gray.” Page 14. W. C. Hewitson del et Lithograph 1855. Hullmandel & Walton, printers. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/46120#page/14/mode/1up
” Papilionidae: 3,4; Papilio dioxippus. 5; Papilio dioxippus. 6. Papilio Euryleon.” Page 18. W. C. Hewitson del et Lith 1855. Hullmandel & Walton, printer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/46120#page/18/mode/1up
” Papilionidae: Papilio III; 7. Papilio Wallace; 8. Papilio Onesimus.” W. C. Hewitson del et Lith 1855. Hullmandel & Walton, printers. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/46120#page/22/mode/1up