Exhibit of the Week: Tales with rod and rifle

Major Stewart's lioness
Major Stewart's lioness

Whilst today we would look with disdain upon the killing of wild animals by game hunters, Major Percy Stewart was of a time and generation when the pitting of the hunter’s wits against a formidable animal was seen as a test of bravery.

The hunter would go up against the wild animal and, if anything went wrong or the gun failed to fire, death or serious injury could ensue. Hunters both feared and respected the animals they pursued.

It was in this spirit that Major Stewart wrote his three books ‘Round the World with Rod and Rifle’, ‘Travel and Sport in Many Lands’ and ‘Tales of Travel and Sport’ during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Full article in next week’s (29 January) people’s paper.