Tygers at Play (1780)

GEORGE STUBBS (1724-1806)

Etching on pale cream wove paper, watermarked F.J. Head, a later 20th century printing from the original plate
In 19th century ebonised and gilt frame

62.5cm x 73.5cm in the frame


Though occasionally drawn from life in private menageries, Stubbs’ pictures of exotic animals (including lions, giraffes, rhinos and monkeys –  he was commissioned by Joseph Banks to produce two unique paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo following Cook’s voyage to Australia) were invariably created using a mixture of sketches, animal skins and anecdote brought back from the explorers of the age together with his own imagination.

George Stubbs’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being 36,098,899 USD for Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath sold at Christie’s, London in 2011.

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