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Richard Earlom, 1743–1822, British
after Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, 1733–1810, German, active in Britain (from 1760)
Tiger Hunting in the East Indies
Stipple engraving, mezzotint, and etching with hand coloring on thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 20 1/2 x 29 1/8 inches (52.1 x 74 cm), Plate: 20 1/2 x 27 inches (52.1 x 68.6 cm), and Image: 19 1/8 x 26 inches (48.6 x 66 cm)

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "J.Zoffanÿ, Esqr. R.A. pinxt."; lower center: "TIGER HUNTING IN THE EAST INDIES. | This Print represents the attack & death of the Royal Tiger, near Chandermagur, 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"; lower right: "Richd. Earlom, Sculpt. Londini"

Inscribed in blue ink, on back, lower left: "25/58"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animals | basket | death | elephants (animals) | gentlemen | hunters | hunting | ladder | men | natives | pagris | rifles | ropes | scepter | servants | spears | sporting art | swords | tigers | trees | turbans
Associated Places:
Asia | Chandannagar | India | West Bengal
Associated People:
Carnac, John (1721–1800), army officer in the East India Company
Macpherson, Sir John, first baronet (c.1745–1821), governor-general of Bengal
Stables, John (fl. 1782), supreme councillor in Calcutta
Zoffany, Johan Joseph (1733–1810), portrait painter
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Exhibition History:
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Company Culture (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-09-16 - 2004-01-05)

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Mildred Archer, India and British Portraiture, 1770-1825, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1979, pp. 168-73, fig. 107, ND 1327 I44 A72 (YCBA)

Morna O'Neill, Company Culture:, British Artists and the East India Company 1770-1830: October 16, 2003-January 11, 2004 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2003, no. 6, V 1199 (YCBA)

Romita Ray, Under the banyan tree, relocating the picturesque in British India , The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, pp. 206-07, fig. 90, N8214.5.I5 R39 2013 (YCBA)

John Chaloner Smith, British mezzotinto portraits, being a descriptive catalogue of these engravings from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century : arranged according to the engravers, the inscriptions given at full length, and the variations of state precisely set forth : acc , Martino Pub., Mansfield Centre, CT, 2004, v. 1, p. 261, Earlom no. 50, NE1816.G7 S58 2004

Dudley Snelgrove, British Sporting and Animal Prints 1658-1874: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1981, NE960.3 G7 B75 + Oversize (Mellon Shelf) (YCBA)

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 1733-1810, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1976, p. 84, no. 113, NJ18 Z68 W43 (YCBA)

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