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An image of Royal tiger by Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix

(France 26 Apr 1798 – 13 Aug 1863)

Title
Royal tiger
Alternative title:
Tigre royal
Year
1829
Media category
Print
Materials used
lithograph
Edition
iii of 4 states
Dimensions

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

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1993
Accession number
488.1993
Location
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, 61 (colour illus.). cat.no. 6

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

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.).

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

Exhibition history (2)

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: