The Favorite Rabbit
John Russell (British, 1745 – 1806)
MediumChalk on vellum
DimensionsFrame : 14 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (36.2 x 44.45 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelA member of the British Royal Academy, John Russell was best known for his sentimental pictures of children and animals. This drawing may have been commissioned by the London publisher Charles Knight who issued an engraved print of the image in 1791. In addition to being an artist, Russell was also a devout Methodist minister and an amateur scientist who produced an important series of drawings and paintings based on his observations of the moon.