Current Research

A Zebra, watercolour, Samuel Howitt, ca.1807 Yale Center for British Art

A Zebra, watercolour, Samuel Howitt, ca.1807 Yale Center for British Art

I am currently gathering zebra sources to work on a cultural  history of the zebra for Reaktion Press.  [ Written in collaboration with the art historian Samuel Shaw]

Recent completed project:

The Georgian Menagerie: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century London, I.B. Tauris, London (2015). p.272  12 b/w illustrations.


4 Responses to Current Research

  1. Philip White says:

    Dear Dr Plumb
    I am interested in organising a conference next year on aviaries and menageries in the eighteenth century to tie in with the Capability Brown tercentenary celebrations and wonder whether you have any plans to be in England in 2016?

    The neighbouring estate of Enmore Castle in Somerset with which Brown is thought to have been associated apparently kept a zebra trained to pull trap.

    Kind regards

    Philip White

    • Philip White,

      Thank you for getting in touch. I have had a good look at the website for Hestercombe; your work with the restored gardens looks impressive! Thank you for the zebra information – these zebra tidbits come in useful for my next book project.

      The conference sounds like an interesting one; I will be in England during July for a fortnight and again in late December for a similar amount of time. Do keep me updated on the conferenceas even if I cannot participate in it directly, I am very much interested in this topic.

      Best wishes,


  2. Sarah Burnage says:

    Dear Christoper,

    I was hoping I might be able to email you about our forthcoming exhibition ‘The Weird and the Wonderful: Entertaining Georgian Polite Society’ (29 July – 31 Dec 2016) at Fairfax House York

    My email address is It would be super if you were able to drop me am email so I can send you a more fulsome email to fill you and hopefully pick your brains – if you don’t mind!

    All good wishes

    Sarah Burnage

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