1891 – Tigress and Cubs


“Tigress and Cubs” – by Harrison Weir, is a full page book plate image, taken from “Animals and their Young”, by Harland Coultas, and published by S.W.Partridge & Co, in 1891. This study, with its unique and dramatic composition, causes the viewer to split their attention between the drowsy cubs and the watchful eye of the striding Tigress and she slopes through the undergrowth. The eye is caught between the two objects, having to move its attention constantly between them. There is an implied threat from the lingering power of the immense size of the tiger, and the soft, inviting and kittenish  slumber of the cubs. The image very cleverly almost tells us, that we may “view” but “not touch”.   Yet again, the drawing is imbued with the mood of conservation, and of a balance between fear and respect for the wild.  Likewise, it is also reminiscent of a “still” shot, taken from a modern documentary, where we get a small insight into a tranquil moment in the life of these wild beauties.

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Detail: Tigress and Cubs, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover

Detail: 1891 – Tigress and Cubs                                          Book Cover:  Animals and their Young, by Harland Coultas

Detail: Tigress and Cubs, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Tigress and Cubs, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1891 – Tigress and Cubs                                        (Last detail, with artist’s signature in plate)

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