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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 159

    William R. Leigh (American, 1866-1955)

    Gnu, or Wildebeest; Hartebeest or Kongoni; and Eland

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    William R. Leigh (American, 1866-1955)
    Gnu, or Wildebeest; Hartebeest or Kongoni; and Eland
    signed 'W.R. LEIGH' (lower right)
    pen and black ink on paper
    10 x 13½ in. (25.4 x 34.3 cm.) (3)


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    Leigh encountered the gnu, hartebeest and eland whilst at the Chapin camp, eighty miles from Nairobi. 'Soon the small antelope and gazelle swarmed in countless thousands, with eland, kongoni, and topi running together in the same company. A herd of a thousand zebra insisted upon crossing and recrossing our course, doubling back and crossing again, sometimes as often as four times. The gnu would kick up their heels and perform eccentric capers, often swerving, circling, and cavorting, and engaging in sham battles with one another. The eland would leap into the air and prance, but the impala were the champions.' (W.R. Leigh, Frontiers of Enchantment, London, 1939, p. 124 and 126).

    Provenance

    with Fenn Galleries, Ltd., Santa Fe, from whom purchased.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DOUG AND ELLEN MILLER COLLECTION


    Literature

    W.R. Leigh, Frontiers of Enchantment, London, 1939, illustrated p. 113, 125 and 127.