Tiger Hunting in the East Indies.
This Print represents the attack & death of the Royal Tiger, near Chandernagur, in the Province of Bengal, in the Year 1788, by a party of Gentlemen & their Attendants mounted on Elephants according to the custom of that Country. For Description see the Index Plate.
London, Robt Laurie and Jas Whittle, No. 53, Fleet Street. December 2nd 1802.
The date on the engraving, 1788, does not connect accurately with the known dates of the persons in the painting being in India, and it is more likely that the composition is based on a hunt of 1786 or 87. Those identified include Sir John Macpherson, later Governor-General, with Zoffany in the howdah on the right, while that on the left carries General Sir John Carnac and John Stables, Member of the Committee at Fort William. The whereabouts of the original painting is unknown although there is a version at the Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta". (Snelgrove/Mellon).
Engraving with mezzotint 534 x 670 mm., engraved by Richard Earlom, short tears, some going into image, expertly repaired.
Framed and glazed, overall size: 80 cm by 64.5 cm by 4.5 cm.
Snelgrove/Mellon, p.213 (4).
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