8 April 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 500
George Stubbs, A.R.A. (1724-1806)
Tygers at Play
etching printed in brown-black, on wove paper watermarked 'Hand Made J I Hea..', state IIIa, 20th century publication, originally published 1780
S. 22½ x 25in. (57 x 63.5cm.)
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Early writings on natural history show that 'tyger' was a generic term, commonly applied to all the larger cats, with the sole exception of the lion. Bufton, for example, noted that 'leopards and panthers so often confounded, have both been called Tigers by most travellers'.
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George Stubbs, The Complete Engraved Works Lennox-Boyd, Dixon, Clayton 60