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A painting inspired by an incident that took place in 1764, when a cheetah brought to England from India was pitched against a stag in a hunting demonstration at Windsor. The cheetah, seen in profile to the right, wears a collar, a red hood and a red belt harness tied around its abdomen; kneeling to the far side of the cheetah is one of the male figures, wearing a white robe with a single button at the neck and a turban of spotted white fabric, restraining the animal by its belt; he turns his head to the right, looking towards where the second male figure is gesturing. This figure, also with a white robe, worn over a pair of red trousers, and red shoes with extravagantly curled-up toes, has a plain white turban. He looks in the direction of the cheetah and gestures with both hands towards a stag standing behind him on the right.
oil on canvas
H 182.7 x W 275.3 cm
purchased at Sotheby's, 1970