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Sand picture - Vulture and Snake
  • Vulture and Snake
    Zobel, Benjamin, born 1762 - died 1831
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Vulture and Snake

  • Object:

    Sand picture

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Zobel, Benjamin, born 1762 - died 1831 (artist)
    Northcote, James, born 1746 - died 1831 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sand picture

  • Credit Line:

    Presented to the museum by Queen Mary

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 69, box L

Physical description

Sand picture of a vulture and a snake. Signed with artist's initials.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)


ca. early 19th century (made)


Zobel, Benjamin, born 1762 - died 1831 (artist)
Northcote, James, born 1746 - died 1831 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Sand picture

Marks and inscriptions

Signed 'B Z' in left foreground


Height: 22.3125 in, Width: 29 in

Object history note

This sand painting was probably based on a print after the painting made in 1798 by James Northcote. Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835), produced a mezzotint of 'Vulture and Snake' in 1799 after Northcote.

mezzotint on wove paper

Descriptive line

Sand picture, A vulture and a Snake, by Benjamin Zobel after copy after James Northcote (1746-1831). This sand picture was presented to the museum by Queen Mary. Great Britain, ca. early 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929




Sand painting

Subjects depicted

Snake; Sand; Vulture


Animals and Wildlife; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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