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Examples of Anthropomorphism in Victorian Art

Anthropomorphism - the attribution of human traits and emotions to non-human entities, including animals - has existed probably since the dawn of time. One ancient example is Aesop's Fables, in which stories such as The Hare and The Tortoise have been recounted to numerous generations. In the 19th century, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was and continues to delight audiences to this day - it includes a talking caterpillar, mice, flowers, and late hares in full human dress. In the same era Alice came out, the Victorian Era (1837-1901), there was a trend of photographs or paintings of animals in various anthropomorphic poses, doing human things and wearing human clothing. An example of a Victorian Christmas card: Victorian ad on a trading card...

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