|Method||Lithograph with hand colouring|
|Published||London. Published for the Proprietor July 11th 1836 at March's Opera Office 145 Oxford Street|
|Dimensions||Image 192 x 292 mm, Sheet 252 x 338 mm|
A depiction of the three giraffes at the Royal Surrey Gardens in Walworth, London, named 'Ah Bebe.(Female)', 'Marquke', and 'Gazeella', along side 'Mr.Cross' tending to the female giraffe. The gardens were opened in 1831 by Edward Cross, who wanted to turn them into one of London's first zoo's. In 1836 a few giraffes were brought over from Cairo, accompanied by their breeders. Both the giraffes and their attendants became immediately popular and were often depicted in newspapers.
Condition: Trimmed at base, missing part of publication line. Minor overall surface dirt built up.