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Mark Catesby (1682-1749)

American bison and Robinia c.1722-6

RCIN 926092

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In Catesby’s day vast herds of bison, the largest land animal in America, roamed the prairies. The bison was brought near to extinction by the end of the nineteenth century as a result of farming and hunting. The species was saved by a small number of private individuals with managed herds.