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    Sale 5808

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 164

    George Stubbs, A.R.A. (1724-1806)

    Tygers at Play

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    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