I spotted this canvas at the Morristown Armory Antique Show last year. It was smack against the back wall of a booth and it really grabbed me. Of course I love animal paintings, not to mention images of rabbits, but this one struck me as painted before 1850 and it was not a genre scene, like those of my favorite artist William Holbrook Beard, but rather it seemed to be scientific/anatomical. Although not signed, clearly it was competently painted and for some reason, the name of Titian Ramsey Peale jumped into my brain. (That's the way that many of my "finds" are made.) Since the painting was not one of my true "finds" of pennies on the dollar, I went home with a digital image and spent some time researching Titian Peale's paintings and drawings of animals. He rendered animals flat to the picture plane, with a white dot on the eyeball to indicate light reflection in several of his known and recognized paintings (see images above). Moreover, there are two small rabbit drawings by Peale, one in almost the identical position. His paintings do have a slight primitive quality to them. So more work and perhaps time is needed to see if my gut judgment was correct this time around. Stay tuned!