Quadrupeds - John Hall (& Sons)

The Quadrupeds Series features a center animal as well as animals in the border although sometimes the border is made up of stylized leaves and flowers against a diamond or crosshatch background. The number of border animals depends on the size of the item.  For example, the platters usually have four different animals in border cartouches while the cup plate has none.  The animals were copied from many different sources; the most frequently used sources were A Cabinet of Quadrupeds by John Church, 1805, and The General History of Quadrupeds by Thomas Bewick, 1790.  There are dozens of animals shown in this series, and they rarely appear on more than one shape. This series was printed on dinner ware.  Many of the original source prints for these patterns are included along with the printed items in the exhibition.