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To all who are possessed of a laudable curiosity : and are desirous of inspecting the striking parts of the creation : there is to be seen, at the [blank] the beautiful zebra, or wild ass ... : it was brought from the Cape of Good Hope, in the year 1762, by Sir Thomas Adams.

[London?] : [publisher not identified], [1773]
Physical Description:
1 sheet ([1] page) ; 28 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
T395.5 G74 T7 1760z+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Joseph Reed, Yale BA 1954, and Kit Reed
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
The blank in the title is intended to be completed in manuscript with the location of the exhibit.
The zebra was brought from the Cape of Good Hope by Sir Thomas Adams, presented to Queen Charlotte in 1762, and installed in the menagerie at Buckingham Gate, where Stubbs saw and recorded it (see link herewith). The animal eventually joined the other wild and exotic animals at the Tower of London, and after its death in 1773 was exhibited around the country--as evidenced by this broadside advertising its appearance "for this day only."
The zebra was known as "the Queen's ass" and provoked some satirical verses and caricatures. See esp. British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, 3870. The zebra is illustrated in London Magazine (July, 1762), opp. p. 347.
BAC: British Art Center copy has manuscript caption at head of title: "For this day only." Accompanied by small card bearing a presentation inscription from Henry Shaw Newman to F.A. Pottle.
Subject Terms:
Adams, Thomas, 1738-1770.
Amusements -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Charlotte, Queen, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818.
Exhibitions -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.
Newman, Henry Shaw -- Presentation inscription to F.A. Pottle.
Pottle, F.A. -- Presentation inscription from Henry Shaw Newman.
Zebras -- Exhibitions.
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