The Man Who Made the Cow Laugh

laughing cowFor years, Benjamin Rabier (1864–1939), the illustrator who created the jovial red cow, was an inspector at Les Halles, the central Paris markets, where he could observe animals up close. But he also drew and painted, creating a menagerie of creatures with distinct personalities, which appeared in books, journals, and children’s papers, in series that were precursors of today’s cartoon strips. His output was vast.

A Gallica newsletter article on him contains more than a dozen links to his illustrations. Among them, I found unexpected uses for snakes.


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