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A History of Fowling

Excerpt from A History of Fowling: Being an Account of the Many Curious Devices by Which Wild Birds Are or Have Been Captured in Different Parts of the World One of the happiest exponents of old, rural life in France is Nicolas Lancret. Several dainty specimens of his brush are hung in the XVI. Gallery of the Louvre. The picture called Le Printemps, reproduced as our own frontispiece, belongs to the collection. It represents a party of ladies and their gallants, who have pitched the toils of a Clap-net 'upon the banks of a beautiful stream. The cavaliers, to whose care the duties of La Chasse have been assigned, are attired in grey wideawakes, and appear to be engrossed in their responsibilities. The upper figure holds to his lips a bird-call, with which he is attempting to entice the wild birds into the centre of the nets. His comrade holds the cords of the nets; indeed, he seems to be in the act of reversing the nets. The expression of anxiety depicted upon his face is enhanced by the picturesque colours of his dishevelled dress. A blue scarf wound around his waist relieves the sombre effect of his dull yellow suit and russet hose. The ladies seem tolerably indifferent to the business of the hour. Two of the group affect to be absorbed in admiring a basket of delicate pink roses. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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