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Bengal Tiger

A work made of lithograph in black on light gray china paper laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé).
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on light gray china paper laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé).

Date:

1829

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863)
printed by E. Ardit (French, act. 1828-1834)

About this artwork

Delacroix’s largest pair of pendant prints features a monumental lion (1927.1646) and a regal tiger (seen here), presented in a kind of face-off. Ancient Roman games regularly pitted Barbary lions and Bengal tigers against each other. Into the late 19th century, they were still made occasional enemies for entertainment and profit, as in one heavily wagered bout to the death in India. While this particular big cat may appear passive compared with the ravening lion, the tiger usually triumphed in these showdowns.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Bengal Tiger

Origin

France

Date

1829

Medium

Lithograph in black on light gray China paper laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé)

Dimensions

325 × 464 mm (image); 467 × 620 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1927.1645

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