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African panthers
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
35.6 × 61.4 cm
Inscription
inscribed in black paint l.l.: J. M. SWAN
Accession Number
p.397.4-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1892
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

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 von Herkomer, for the NGV, 25 January 1892.



Royal Academy, London, 1891, no. 110

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.

Colourmen

Colourman
NEWMAN
Location of stamp
Centre reverse of canvas
Transcript
NEWMAN/SOHO SQUARE LONDON
Medium
Ink stencil
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