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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
A large Trade Label to the reverse for James Gardner of Oxford Street, London, and a smaller Gardner Trade Label to the interior
James Gardner Exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition and styled himself ‘Taxidermist to the Royal Family’
Mid 19th Century
SIZE: 82cm high, 53.5cm wide, 27.5cm deep – 32¼ high, 21 ins wide, 10¾ ins deep
SEE: Finch & Co catalogue no. 17, item no. 1, for a Victorian cased collection of Australian Parrots by T.M. Williams
Britain in the 19th century was a major focus for the development of the art of taxidermy and the science of natural history. Today it seems to have become largely forgotten, no longer an ‘art’ and disregarded as an educational tool in zoological study, it is often neglected as a part of the nation’s cultural heritage.