"A TYGER/A SLEEPING CHEETAH"
1788, Lennox-Boyd's second (final) state with the engraved inscription just above the platemark, with thread margins. Mezzotint on wove paper.
image: 6 x 8 in. (15.3 x 20.3cm)
sheet: 6 1/16 x 8 1/8 in. (15.3 x 20.7cm)
[Lennox-Boyd, 77; Taylor, 8]
William Weston Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington, D.C. (acquired directly from the above in 1989).
The animal depicted in this print was initially said to be Lord Pigot's cheetah, but in fact its spotting is more consistent with those of a leopard. The present work is one of only two images Stubbs chose to render in mezzotint, a medium that is uniquely suited to capture the rich, velvety blacks of the background and subject's fur.
Sold for $7,500 (buyer's premium included)