ca. 1769-71
oil on canvas
Unframed: 24 3/16 × 28 11/16 in. (61.44 × 72.87 cm)
Framed: 32 × 36 5/8 in. (81.28 × 93.03 cm)
Not on view
With his unsurpassed knowledge of anatomy, George Stubbs became the foremost painter of animals during the Enlightenment. Here, he shows a tiger that was presumably kept in the private zoo of one of his patrons in England. Though tigers were usually portrayed by Stubbs and others as fierce, this one is in an equally natural state of repose.
Paul Mellon Collection
2018-2019: "A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA", National Sporting Museum & Library, Middleburg, VA, April 13 - July 22, 2018; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, June 15 - September 8, 2019

2018: Collecting for the Commonwealth Preserving for the Nation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1919-2018, Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY, January 18 - 26, 2018.
Spring 2011 Exhibitions and Events (University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville), color ill. n.p.

Paul Mellon in His Own Words dvd (Washington DC: National Gallery, 2007), Title 17, chpt. 16 & opening screen.

Cormack, Malcolm. Country Pursuits: British, American, and French Sporting Art from the Mellon Collections in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (cat. no. 1, pp. 100-01)

Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 6 Période, Tome CXXXV, 1574 livraisons, March 2000, p. 55, b&w ill. no. 215.

“A Selection of 1999 Museum Acquisitions,” Apollo The International Magazine of the Arts, Vol. CL, No. 454, December 1999, p. 37, color ill.

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