By Sarah Amato
In Beastly Possessions, Sarah Amato chronicles the bizarre ways that Victorians of each social category introduced animals into their day-by-day lives. Captured, bred, exhibited, accumulated, and bought, usual pets and unique creatures – in addition to their representations – grew to become commodities inside of Victorian Britain’s flourishing shopper culture.
As a puppy, an animal can be a significant other, a dwelling parlour ornament, and evidence of a household’s social and ethical prestige. within the zoo, it will possibly develop into a public puppy, an item of interest, an emblem of empire, or perhaps a client mascot. both form of animal could be painted, photographed, or filled as a taxidermic specimen.
Using proof starting from pet-keeping manuals and medical treatises to novels, guidebooks, and ephemera, this interesting, well-illustrated examine opens a window into an underexplored point of existence in Victorian Britain.
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Beastly Possessions: Animals in Victorian Consumer Culture by Sarah Amato