Stealth by Herbert Dicksee




Herbert Dicksee

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This captivating print is a wonderful example of the naturalistic style of one of the world’s great wildlife artists. Herbert Dicksee’s depiction of a leopard hunting is at once beautiful and awesome, the animal’s brooding menace unmistakeable as it stalks across the rugged landscape. Also known as Stealth, this etching was executed in 1914. It was shown at the Royal Academy in that year, and again in 1916. Having won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art at the age of 16, Herbert Dicksee quickly developed a love for animals while under the tutelage of the distinguished etcher Alphonse Legros. Rising at six o’clock each day, he would install himself in London’s Zoological Gardens before visitors arrived to obstruct his view. There he could be seen, day after day, making painstaking studies of the zoo’s big cats, both at rest and in their mesmerising movements. Soon after his return from a visit to New Zealand after leaving the Slade School, Dicksee produced his first plate of a big cat. His Majesty was a study of a lion, drawn from life at London Zoo; it began a series of studies of lions, tigers and leopards, which saw initial hesitancy among publishers dispelled by a rapturous reception from the public. This stunning work is rightly considered one of the finest of these pieces.