Cheetah & Stag, George Stubbs

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Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians about 1765 George Stubbs 1724-1806 This painting commemorates the gift of a cheetah to George III from George Pigot, Governor of Madras. The King gave it to his uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who was the Ranger at Windsor and kept a menagerie. At 12 o'clock on Saturday 30 June 1764 the Duke staged an experiment in Windsor Great Park. In order to see how cheetahs attack their prey he placed it within a netted enclosure containing a stag. Unexpectedly, the cheetah was tossed into the air and fled into some woods where it killed a fallow deer. Stubbs' accurate painting of the cheetah and his sensitive portraits of its handlers seem to have been based on first-hand observations. The stag, however, is a curious hybrid and a later Pigot had it painted out in 1882; the overpaint was removed in 1960. The landscape is unrelated to Windsor Park: its exotic features conform to fashionable taste.

Giclee print on premium silk 240gsm paper
Paper size 600x800mm

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