The tortoise-riding banker who collected the natural world

2019-04-03 12:03:04

The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London [2017]. All rights reserved. A PORTLY man in a bowler hat rides a carriage down the grimy streets of London. Pulling the carriage are six zebras, their black-and-white markings clearly visible through the London pea-soup fog. It’s 1898, and he is on his way to Buckingham Palace to prove to the perpetually not-amused Queen Victoria that zebras can be tamed just like horses. Nevertheless,