The funeral of Billy Bruin
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This watercolor painting shows the funeral procession of Billy Bruin, a bear that William E. Baker of Wellesley, Mass., had purchased in 1874. Baker planned to display the bear at a private amusement park on his Ridge Hills Farms estate. However, “Billy Bruin,” as the bear became known, escaped soon after arriving in his new home and was found dead 10 days later. Never one to pass up the opportunity for festivities, Baker honored Billy Bruin with a lavish funeral attended by over 1,000 guests.