John Macallan SWAN<br/>
<em>African panthers</em> (1891) <!-- (recto) --><br />

oil on canvas<br />
35.6 x 61.4 cm<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased, 1892<br />
p.397.4-1<br />


African panthers

John Macallan SWAN

British art
British art

John Macallan SWAN
African panthers (1891)

oil on canvas
35.6 × 61.4 cm
inscribed in black paint l.l.: J. M. SWAN
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1892
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
About this work

African animals were considered exotic in the nineteenth century, and paintings of wild animals were very popular. With many artists practising in this area, it took a great deal of skill to gain prominence, and John Macallan Swan earned a reputation as one of the best animal painters in Britain. Swan had refined his craft in Paris, studying under the two greatest animalier sculptors of the time, Emmanuel Frémiet and Antoine-Louis Barye, who both feature in this room.

Subjects (general)
Subjects (specific)
Africa (continent) big cats hunting leopard (species) observation
Exhibited Royal Academy, London, 1891, no. 110; with Goupil & Cie. (also Boussod, Valadon & Co.) (dealer), London, January 1892, no. 22001 (PI no. G-32249); from where purchased, on the advice of Hubert Herkomer, for the NGV, 25 January 1892.


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