A lovely image. And from the same source as the 'Napoleon at the Sphinx' image, earlier (top right) on Page 11. It is, I understand, a color lithograph dating from the 1890s and, I now know that it is a reproduction of an original painting by German painter Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert, but known as Wilhelm Kuhnert, (born 1865 in Oppeln, Upper Silesia, Germany and died 1926 in Flims, Switzerland).

The print on which this page is based, 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" in size (image size only), was for sale on eBay by 'martin2001' of Virginia. (it sold for U.S. $9.99 on Jan. 1, 2002). I think the purchaser on Ebay made a fine buy, do you not agree! Jim Martin has an amazing number of antique engravings for sale through his eBay store. I enjoyed seeing what he has for sale & you probably would also. His images are of consistent good quality which I trust is good for sales! Jim says that only 5 to 10 percent of a tiger's hunting rushes are successful. And that tigers average 40 to 50 kills per year, or 1 kill every eight days. Interesting!

When I first wrote this page, I could not correctly read the artist's name on the lithograph and therefore had no data to give you about the artist. I now learn that the original was the work of Wilhelm Kuhnert (1865-1926). Wilhelm won a scholarship to the Berlin Academy of Art in 1883 & was trained there by Richard Friese, a prominent animal artist who believed that an artist needed to study animals in their natural environments ~ rather than in zoos. Kuhnert first studied & painted the animals of his native Germany & of neighbouring Switzerland. The sale of reproductions of his work permitted him to travel in 1891 to East Africa to paint & sketch the wildlife of that region. He went to Africa again in 1905 & 1911-12, and on safari he then visited German and English colonial territories in South & East Africa. In 1906, he toured India & Ceylon (today's Sri Lanka). From his trips he returned with extensive sketches & fieldnotes of the flora, fauna and native peoples of the various regions, & these were the basis for oil paintings created later in his Berlin studio. His work was very well received. In 1911, he visited the Sudan with King Frederick of Saxony; & in 1916, he worked in the Bialowies, Czar Nicholas II's private hunting preserve in Russia. He was recognised as an artist throughout Europe & also in the United States. And in 1904, he had won the Gold Medal for Art at the World Exhibition of that year.

I am told that Wilhelm Kuhnert, along with Bruno Liljefors, the distinguished painter of European wildlife, and Carl Rungius, the prominent painter of North American big game, were the pre-eminent triumvirate of painters of African birds & animals.

You can access some data about the artist & his works here.

And a few more of Kuhnert's prints that I came across in my travels. European Bison, Penguins, Leopards, & the complete engraving used on this page. I saw a fine Kuhnert painting of some elephants at a watering hole. Would like to find a good scan of that image.

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