The Famous Lincolnshire Ox.
22 x 19
An aquatint with original hand colour after the painting by J. Barenger and published in Hull in 1823.
This splendid beast was apparently "fed" by The Right Honourable Lord Yarborough under the direction of Charles Pelham MP. They must have done a good job because the bull weighed in at a colossal 464 stone and stood 5 feet 6 inches at the shoulders. It represents a craze that swept England in the early C18th that saw all sorts of domestic livestock (but primarily cattle) bred to enormous, prize winning proportions. Such practices would be deemed unethical and cruel by today's standards but in 1823 when this print was published there were few voices of dissent.