Description

This is the earliest design for the Zoological Gardens produced by Burton, on a scale of roughly 1 inch to 150 feet. It differs dramatically from the finished state of the gardens, with the intention seemingly to confine the majority of the animals to the dens beneath the terrace and to devote the rest of the land to extensive aviaries. Several small structures are placed amongst the winding paths, but none appear substantial enough to contain anything other than small mammals and birds.

Now part of the British Library’s collection, this was the personal copy of Sophia, the widow of Stamford Raffles and was presumably presented in June 1827. It is accompanied by a small sheet of paper addressed ‘To Lady Raffles From the President and Council of the Zoological Society’, as well as an explanation of the plan and a brief prospectus of the Society.

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