1808 The Baby Elephant Antique Print From Buffon
This is another of the Buffon antique print of a Baby Elephant with its mother in my collection. Dating to 1808, it measures 6 x 4 inch. See my previous post -1808 Indian Elephant Antique Print From Buffon. Extract- “The 18th century was an age of discovery of new lands and exotic animals. Buffon’s exotic animal illustrations were incomparable at the time.
Histoire Naturelle was Buffon’s works in an encyclopedic collection of copperplate engravings. They were on hand-made paper with scientific descriptions. It became a huge success at the time, the wealthy mostly bought his works. Buffon was gifted with inherited wealth so money was not a problem for using top-quality in his production of works…” Shown is a baby Elephant suckling its mother.
Did you know- the French-born Buffon (1707 – 1778) was not only a naturalist but also a mathematician, cosmologist (branch of philosophy), an encyclopedist (contributor to an encyclopedia), and artist.
From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#1)., Antique Photo Esplanade / China Bazaar Road Madras 1900., Old Postcard – Cameron Highlanders Regiment Bangalore 1911., Print Bombay Victoria Terminus-VT., Vintage Book 1925 – John L. Stoddard’s Lectures On India