He’s only the 5th vintage fox drawing that I’ve come across. This red fox engraving is from the magazine American Agriculturist v.26 from 1867. That date puts it pretty much in the public domain everywhere.
It’s believed that the red fox’s ancestors were from Eurasia and crossed in North America over the Wisconsin glacier. There are 45 sub-species of red fox. They are highly adaptable to their environment and is able to thrive even in suburban and urban areas.
Despite it’s name, red foxes don’t always have a rust-brown coat. Their fur can be grey, black, silver and a variety of browns.
I’ve always been fascinated by foxes. They are related to dogs but sometimes I think they act more like a cat. The way they move, the way they hunt – it all seems more like a cat than a dog.
The scanned version of this vintage red fox engraving is huge. It wouldn’t fit nicely on this page, so to access it, simply click on the drawing above.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.