TIL that wealthy farmers in 19th century Britain would commission exaggerated paintings of large livestock as a status symbol, that they were somehow superior to other livestock farmers and breeders.

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  1. I prefer to believe they were actual realistic paintings and the Earl of Northumberland really did have chonky large-bois wandering around his estate.

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