Freeman's Auction
GEORGE STUBBS
(british, 1724-1806)
"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]
provenance:
William Weston Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington, D.C. (acquired directly from the above in 1989).

note:
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.

Estimate $2,000-3,000

Sold for $7,500 (buyer's premium included)