Taxidermy evolved out of the tanning trade, whose practitioners preserved the skins of animals for use as clothing and blankets. In the early part of the 19th century, some of the first so-called trophy animals were crudely stuffed with scraps of fabric by upholsterers. Later in the Victorian Era, the art of taxidermy as we know it today evolved, pioneered by, among others, Carl Akeley, who worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Field Museum in Chicago, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Although Akeley was one of the leading innovators of taxidermy, excelling in the realistic mounting of mammals, later in his life he would reject the practice of bagging animals such as gorillas just so they could decorate a museum diorama, let alone a hunter's study. By the end of his life, Akeley had devoted himself to protecting these creatures—Africa's first national park was established in 1925 in no small part due his efforts.
Today, collectors of taxidermy have a range of animals and pieces to choose from. Gameheads are perhaps the most well known form of taxidermy. These include zebras, kudu, and other African animals whose heads are attached to pedestals that are designed to hang on a wall.
In the United States, the practice of mounting deer heads is very common, especially if it's a buck with a full rack of antlers. Complete animals known as full mounts tend to be of smaller species such as bobcats and fox, as well as skunks and raccoons.
Mounted fish is another popular taxidermy type. Birds from peacocks to pheasants to roosters mount well, too, as do quail and falcons.
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The right stuff: take a mounting masterclass with top taxidermist Katie InnamoratoPress-Register - al.com, October 29th
Innamorato, taxidermist in residence at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum, has popped up on off-kilter reality TV shows such as The Science Channel's "Oddities," her mesmerizing dead animal art has been displayed at hot L.A. galleries and her weekends ...Read more
DIY Taxidermy May Be for You, If You Have the GutsNew York Times, October 29th
“I was collecting all this taxidermy,” said Ms. Raleigh, 40, a stay-at-home mother of two. “Then I thought, why can't I just do it? I'm not squeamish.” There are those who may say that do-it-yourself taxidermy is taking D.I.Y. just a little too far...Read more
Rogue taxidermy is in season for Minnesota groupMiamiHerald.com, October 24th
Autumn, Keats informs us, is the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness." It's also a good time for taxidermy art, according to Robert Marbury. Which, according to Marbury, could include a kitten wearing a saddle, a two-headed chick or a cereal bowl ...Read more
Outdoors: Rogue taxidermy is in season for Minnesota groupMadison.com, October 24th
It's also a good time for taxidermy art, according to Robert Marbury. Which, according to Marbury, could include a kitten wearing a saddle, a two-headed chick or a cereal bowl containing the bloody-mouthed head of a raccoon. "The fall is really the...Read more
Reminder: Ned Yost used to do taxidermy and hunt with Jeff FoxworthySB Nation, October 24th
Reminder: Ned Yost used to do taxidermy and hunt with Jeff Foxworthy. By Seth Rosenthal ? @seth_rosenthal on Oct 24 2014, 9:31p + · ? Tweet Share on Twitter ?Share Share on Facebook ? Share Share on Google Plus + Comments. If you hunt with Jeff ...Read more
Rogue taxidermy, at the crossroads of art and wildlifeMinneapolis Star Tribune, October 15th
Ah, where to start? Maybe (given the bloody fish head in the goblet) by noting that rogue taxidermists are fervent animal lovers. “As humans, we so rarely get to interact with animals on such an intimate level unless they're dead,” said artist Scott Bibus...Read more
Women Are Dominating the Rogue Taxidermy SceneVICE, October 14th
When taxidermy became popular during the Victorian era, it was mostly men who hunted, skinned, fleshed, and stuffed the animals. History's roster of well-known taxidermists include guys like John Hancock (not the American revolutionary), Charles...Read more
Inside The Bizarre World Of Rogue TaxidermyCo.Design, October 7th
In Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself, Robert Marbury introduces a world of bionic crocodiles, pigs in Chanel bowties, impalas with human faces, and polar bears climbing on refrigerators (get it?). Not...Read more