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  • THE CLOUDED TIGER. F. NEBULOSA
    Griffith, Edward, born 1790 - died 1858
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THE CLOUDED TIGER. F. NEBULOSA

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    c.1827 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Griffith, Edward, born 1790 - died 1858 (printmaker)
    Griffith, Harriet (printmaker)
    Whittaker, G. B. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    intaglio print in black on paper

  • Museum number:

    25016:762

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 2, box B

Physical description

'The Clouded Tiger', viewed in profile, standing looking to the right of the image. Two palm trees are visible in the far distance to the right of the picture.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

c.1827 (published)

Artist/maker

Griffith, Edward, born 1790 - died 1858 (printmaker)
Griffith, Harriet (printmaker)
Whittaker, G. B. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

intaglio print in black on paper

Marks and inscriptions

THE CLOUDED TIGER. F. NEBULOSA
Title, printed centre below image.

Griffith
Lettered in bottom-left corner of image.

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm approx size of sheet, Width: 21.2 cm approx size of sheet

Historical context note

Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier, known as Georges Cuvier (1769–1832) was a French naturalist and zoologist. He was a major figure in natural sciences research during the early 19th century. He devloped on the work of Linnaeus, Buffon and Hunter, undertaking comprehensive research into the comparative anatomy of animals. His most renowned work was the Le Règne animal destribué d'après son organisation' ('The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization'), which first appeared as four volumes in 1817 and was expanded and revised in the following years.

Edward Griffith (1790-1858), a solicitor and amateur naturalist, translated the work into English for publication in London by G. B. Whittaker in 1827. Griffith was a member of the Zoological Society and a fellow of the Linnaean and Royal Societies. He appended much new material to Cuvier’s work, expanding it to fifteen volumes.

Plates used to illustrate the work were mainly by Griffith or his artist wife, Harriet, but more accomplished illustrations were provided by the printmaker Thomas Landseer, who reproduced many of the wildlife paintings of his brother, Sir Edwin Landseer.

Written with reference to:
"All Nature is so full": Man and other animals, an electronic format of a Special Collections exhibition at Kings College London.
See: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/archivespec/learn-exhib/exhibitions/sc/allnature/
Accessed: 13/10/2010

Descriptive line

'The Clouded Tiger', viewed in profile looking to the right of the picture. Intaglio print on paper. By either Edward or Harriet Griffith, for Georges Cuvier's publication 'The Animal Kingdom'. Published by G. B. Whittaker, London, c.1827.

Production Note

This was an illustration in Georges Cuvier's renouned publication 'Le Règne animal destribué d'après son organisation' ('The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization'). It was translated into English and expanded by Edward Griffith (1790-1858) for publication in London by G. B. Whittaker in 1827. The majority of the illustrations were by Griffith or his artist wife, Harriet.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Intaglio printing

Subjects depicted

Palm trees; Tiger

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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