Small Tortoise Drawing

tortoiseIt’s a shame this charming small tortoise drawing isn’t a bit bigger. For a black and white engraving of this era, it is such a nice and clean example of the form. In 1848, a family vacation became a nicely illustrated book about their travels on the Isle of Wight. The book contained a number of charming animal illustrations that you will see here on in the coming days.

This small tortoise¬†drawing was included in the margin but the author did not explain how or when her family encountered a similar animal on their trip. It’s too bad she didn’t at least explain what color the little guy’s shell was. I know from some of the tortoises that live in our backyard that they can have brightly colored homes that are quite beautiful.

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