The Laboratory Rat – Original Painting
Mixed media on watercolour paper – 300gr
A3 – 21 x 29,7 cm
In the 18th century wild rats were everywhere, so many that it created an industry of rat catching. These catchers would not make money just from catching them but also giving them as food to terrier. Overtime, breeding these rats for this 'show', might have produced variation in colour, like the albino and other variations.
The white rat was made (breed) to become a lab rat. These rats differ from wild rats because of their calm attitude so less likely to bite, they can tolerate crowding (more then the wild rats) they breed earlier and produce more offspring and their organs are smaller.