Tiger Resting by Herbert Dicksee


Tiger Resting


Herbert Dicksee

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Type Fine Art Print
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This wonderful print shows a tiger lying in profile, edged by reeds. Resting with its head full over on its front leg, there is nonetheless a captivating hint of menace in the gaze of this powerful creature. Also known as In the Reeds, this etching was executed in 1928, and was shown at the Royal Academy in the same year. 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. None of the collection was more deserving of such acclaim than this, a truly beautiful example of wildlife art.