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Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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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.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester

  • Date

    c.1765

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    182.7 x 275.3 cm

  • Accession number

    1970.34

  • Acquisition method

    purchased at Sotheby's, 1970

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Manchester Art Gallery

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