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A tiger hunt - A tiger-hunt

A tiger-hunt

  • Object:

    A tiger hunt

  • Place of origin:

    Punjab (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1892 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a rare example of a Panjabi Company Painting. Company Painting (paintings made by Indian artists for the British) was widespread throughout most parts of the Indian subcontinent in the 18th and, especially, 19th centuries. However, it was much less common in the Panjab, which only came under British sovereignty in 1849.

This painting depicts a tiger-hunt and is precisely dated 'VS 1949' (the equivalent of 1892). A European is leaning from the howdah of his elephant to shoot the tiger. The tiger is springing from long grass and clawing at the elephant's head. The mahout (driver) recoils or is perhaps preparing to strike the tiger with his elephant-goad. A bearded European watches from the howdah of a second elephant.

Physical description

Two Europeans on a tiger hunt are depicted on elephants with Indians assisting them.

Place of Origin

Punjab (made)


ca. 1892 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Gouache on paper


Height: 356 mm maximum, Width: 259 mm maximum, Height: 342 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 255 mm image within innermost painted borders

Descriptive line

A tiger-hunt, opaque water colour on paper, Punjab, ca. 1892

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

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Mapin Publishing, 1992 174 p. ISBN 0944142303


Gouache; Paper



Subjects depicted

Landscape; Costume; Elephant; Tiger (animal); Hunting


Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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