John Arbuthnot (ca. 1720)

John Arbuthnot, ca. 1720.
Portrait by W. Robinson

In the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Image courtesy of the website of the museum

Boy. {…} They are so fickle in their Temper, that they resolve one thing this Minute, and the contrary the next; and their Hatred is so violent when provoked, that they will wish the most cruel Mischiefs even to themselves; nay, they go farther, and put themselves to Death.

Bear. Ridiculous Animal which pursues Annihilation {…}

– John Arbuthnot, The most Wonderful Wonder, That ever appear’d to the Wonder of the British Nation