Eugène Delacroix

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Eugène Delacroix
1798-1863
Royal Tiger
ca. 1830
Watercolor and graphite.
7 x 10 1/2 inches (178 x 268 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2006.54

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The death of a tiger in the Jardin des Plantes in the summer of 1829 permitted Delacroix to undertake close study of the animal. From it, he developed the pose seen here, which he explored in several additional works around 1829–30. In his many depictions of animals, Delacroix sought to capture the essence of the beast—its body, the way it moved—rather than offer a naturalistic description.

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Signed in pen and brown ink at lower right: "Eug Delacroix".
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Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
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Thaw Catalogue Raisonné, 2017, no. 94, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 79.
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 86, p. 180-181.

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