A view of the Menagerie, and its Pavillion at Kew


The ‘built’ section of the New Menagerie at Kew palace (so-called to distinguish it from a previous collection) consisted of an oval ring of pens known as the Pheasant Ground surrounding a central pond or ‘Bason’ with a Chinoiserie pavilion on a small island. Amongst the enclosures, in which were kept a variety of ‘Chinese and Tartarian Pheasants, besides many Sorts of large Exotick Birds’ as well as waterfowl, was a rustic building later to become the Queen’s Cottage.

The paddocks extending beyond contained a variety of animals, including zebu, a peccary, a quagga (an extinct subspecies of zebra), and famously from 1792, a large breeding group of kangaroos, the first to be seen in England and a rather unlikely source of national pride as the only specimens in Europe. This King's Topographical Collection view was engraved by Charles Grignion after a design by Thomas Sandby.

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A View of the Menagerie, and its Pavillion at Kew. / T. Sandby delin. ; C. Grignion sculp.
1763, London
William Chambers
Etching / Engraving / View
Thomas Sandby, Charles Grignon
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Public Domain
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British Library

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