Nicholls, Sutton (18th century) (after). English. Medium: engraving. Date: 1752. In the 18th century a craze swept Britain for animals that had been trained to answer questions and sums and spell words using lettered and numbered cards. The image is accompanied by the inscription "Behold (what patroniz'd the Old Disputes/ Of human Souls Transition into Brutes)/ A Dog that mouths all Language by the Roots!". Provenance: British Museum, London, UK.