The History of the Robins

Sarah Trimmer’s Fabulous Histories: The History of the Robins for the Instruction of Children on Their Treatment of Animals has an enduring legacy. It was first published in 1786 and was reprinted and republished numerous times, including several editions during the time period focused on in this exhibit. This book is also currently available in digitized form.

Harrison Weir and Thomas Bewick are two of the best-known artists who received commissions to create illustrations for this book. The book tells the tale of a family of humans and a family of robins whose lives intersect. Underpinning the book is the theme of “universal benevolence.”

The History of the Robins by Sarah Trimmer. Collection of the National Museum of Animals & Society.

The History of the Robins by Sarah Trimmer. Collection of the National Museum of Animals & Society.

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