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
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