Wilhelm Frederich Kuhnert was one of the first European artists to travel to East Africa to sketch the wildlife and terrain of the region.
Kuhnert trained at the Berlin Academy of Arts and worked with the prominent animal painter Richard Friese who emphasized studying animals in their native habitats. He first travelled to Africa in 1891. He went on safaris in the German and English colonial territories in South and East Africa in 1905 and 1911-12. In 1906, he toured India and Ceylon. On these expeditions, he sketched and made field notes as a basis for his art, which he later executed in his studio in Berlin.
Reputely the present picture belonged to the son of Lady Crespigny, a game hunter who was killed while on an expedition.