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Handbill

1 July 1817 (dated)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Handbill advertising a 'Black Tyger', to be seen at 62 Pall Mall, London, dated in pencil, Tuesday 1 July 1817.

According to the handbill, the animal was captured in 'the Mountains of Thibit'. It 'is of a colour never before seen in this Country, being black, and when placed in a powerful light, spots of a still darker hue are perceptible on the skin.... It may be said to partake of the Leopard species, of which naturalists have not yet discovered a nomenclature.'



Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Letterpress, with pencil annotation
Brief description
Handbill advertising a 'Black Tyger' (or Tiger), from Bengal, to be seen at 62 Pall Mall, London, dated in pencil, Tuesday 1 July 1817.
Physical description
Printed advertisement for a 'Black Tyger', to be seen at 62 Pall Mall, London, dated in pencil, Tuesday 1 July 1817.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.1cm
  • Width: 14.1cm
Marks and inscriptions
'Tuesday / July 1 / 1817' (Annotation in pencil, upper right hand corner)
Summary
Handbill advertising a 'Black Tyger', to be seen at 62 Pall Mall, London, dated in pencil, Tuesday 1 July 1817.

According to the handbill, the animal was captured in 'the Mountains of Thibit'. It 'is of a colour never before seen in this Country, being black, and when placed in a powerful light, spots of a still darker hue are perceptible on the skin.... It may be said to partake of the Leopard species, of which naturalists have not yet discovered a nomenclature.'

Collection
Accession number
S.1201-1982

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Record createdJune 25, 2012
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