Group of Stuffed Cats

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Cats are sitting around a table having tea while another plays the piano
Group of stuffed cats, from Wurtemberg.

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Cats are sitting around a table having tea while another plays the piano. The paragraph associated with this illustration reads:

Amid the wide range of foreign industrial products, stuffed and preserved animals are to be found only in that portion of the Zollverein consecrated to Wurtemberg, and these formed a very conspicuous feature in the German exhibition: the defile—both sides of which they line—being one of those points in which policemen had to be stationed to marshal the crowd “the way that they should go.” The specimens were of two classes—ordinarily preserved birds and beasts, aiming only at being fac-similes of living nature; and animals of various species, endowed with a caricatured expression of human intelligence, and represented in illustrations of legends and fables occupied with human pursuits, and performing human actions.

The content of this book was first issued as weekly installments from October 4, 1851 to March 27, 1852.

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