Yale Center for British Art

Willoughby Wallace Hooper, 1837–1912, British
The Tiger Hunt: Bagged
ca. 1872
Materials & Techniques:
Albumen print from wet collodion negative on medium, semigloss photographic paper
Sheet: 7 × 9 3/8 inches (17.8 × 23.8 cm)
Inscribed in black ink on attached card: "9 Bagged"
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animal art
Currently On View:
Not on view
Exhibition History:
A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)
Gallery Label:
Over a forty-year military career, Willoughby Wallace Hooper became known for his ethnographic photographs of tribal peoples and scenes from the domestic and social life of the British in India. Hooper was one of the amateur photographers in the colonial and military service tasked with providing portraits for the India Office’s eight-volume ethnographic compilation, The People of India (London, 1868–75). This photograph, from a series of twelve carefully staged tableaux re-creating the principal events of a tiger hunt near Secunderabad, depicts the moment when a colonial hunter has finally claimed his quarry. The hunter is atop a rock on the left, looming over the tiger, while the local assistants recede into the background. The series as a whole presents a vision of British power in India dominating its landscape, animals, and people, through shooting with both a gun and a camera. Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)