Do you not just love these old engravings? Sometimes they are a bit on the blurry side but this running rabbit engraving seems fairly well-defined. The face and ears are especially nice, I think. It is such a shame that the original drawing did not include all of the one front leg.
The little Book About Animals where this rabbit drawing was published only identifies the author (Rufus Merrill), so it remains unclear if the author was the just the author, the illustrator, the engraver or all three. It seems a shame that when the author did indeed contribute his or her own drawings that they did not always say so.
In this rabbit image, we have a rabbit jumping across a puddle or the edge of another sort of body of water. There’s some rocks along the edge of the water and some greenery growing in the background. Part of what I think makes this drawing so fun is that the bunny’s white tail is so well-defined and visible.
Hopefully, someone can make use of this public domain running rabbit engraving.
I do hope if you do incorporated it into one of your projects that you let me know your found the image useful and/or share a picture of your project.
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.