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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Bengal Tigress


     A Royal Bengal Tigress 'bringing the first food to its young'. (1) Bronze sculpture group of a Royal Bengal Tigress with her cubs and a dead Peacock in her mouth, on a pedestal of pink granite
     Commissioned and gifted to the city by John S. Kennedy in 1867 after seeing a model of the group in Auguste Cain's Paris studio. The group is based on an original sketch by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) of a Royal Bengal Tigress in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, and was modelled by Cain for exhibiting in the Paris Exhibition of 1867. Costing £1000, the group was originally positioned a few metres to the east of its present location until the early 20th century. John S. Kennedy was a native of Glasgow residing in New York where also presented a copy of the group to the New York Zoo (2)


Incised Roman lettering on pedestal, south face: PRESENTED / TO HIS NATIVE CITY BY / JOHN KENNEDY / NEW YORK Incised on step: 1867

Related works : Copy in the Zoo, Central Park, New York

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Cain, August-Nicolas Sculptor
J. & G. Mossman, None Sculptor
Bonheur, Rosa Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Bronze None
Pedestal Pink granite None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WL/005 GW
General condition Poor
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Bird guano
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Previous treatments
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Graffiti
Road Park Terrace
Precise location Kelvingrove Park, east side, south of Park Terrace
A-Z ref 34 J14
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1866-67.
Year of unveiling 1867.
Unveiling details 27 September 1867.
Commissioned by John S. Kennedy
Duty of care Glagow City Council.
Listing status II*
At risk? At Risk

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