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An image of Royal tiger by Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix

(France 26 Apr 1798 – 13 Aug 1863)

Royal tiger
Alternative title:
Tigre royal
Media category
Materials used
iii of 4 states

32.5 x 46.2 cm image; 42.5 x 53.4 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1993
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Delacroix never had the opportunity to observe lions and tigers in the wild. His superbly vivid renderings of big cats are based on careful studies of their anatomy and poses which he made at the various Paris zoos and menageries in the company of the animal sculptor, Antoine-Louis Barye. The large body of the reposing tiger in this print echoes the shapes of the distant mountains.

Bibliography (4)

Roger Benjamin, Ursula Prunster, Lynne Thornton and Mounira Khemir, Orientalism – Delacroix to Klee, Sydney, 1997-1998, 61 (colour illus.). 6

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 127 (colour illus.).

Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, `French Romanticism', pg. 4, Sydney, 1995, 4, 7.

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Diverse, individual and imaginative', pg.24-27, Newtown, Jul 2009, 26 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995

Orientalism - Delacroix to Klee:

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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