Before they were mostly known for being cuddly pets, ferrets were only found in the wild. This pair of ferrets is shown in a landscape filled with flowers, lemons, grass and a large tree. According to the story that accompanied this drawing, a mouse hides in his hole hoping the two ‘mousehunters’ don’t catch him.
Catharine Parr Traill and her publisher A.K. Newman and Co. did not identify who they used to illustrate Little Downy but it was published almost 200 years ago in 1822 and is in the public domain.
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