Image: 12 15/16 x 18 7/16 in. (32.8 x 46.9 cm)
Sheet: 13 1/16 x 18 5/8 in. (33.2 x 47.3 cm)
Bequest of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1966
Not on view
Delacroix had great empathy with the natural world and was fascinated by animals, although he seems never to have encountered untamed ones in the wild, even during his trip to Morocco in 1832. Having to rely upon the resources of the Paris zoo, he began studying felines there in the late 1820s, probably not long before making this lithograph. In this terrible, beautiful picture, Delacroix demonstrated the Romantic penchant for tragedy, torment, and violence in scenes that showed nature "red in tooth and claw" some decades before Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859).
Susan Dwight Bliss; Donor: Bequest of Susan Dwight Bliss
Delteil 80.II/4; Delteil/Strauber 80.II/5
Adolphe Moreau Eugène Delacroix et son oeuvre. Librairie des Bibliophiles, Paris, 1873, cat. no. 43.