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 Agasse, Jacques Laurent (Swiss artist, 1767-1849) , Quagga

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Title Quagga
Collection Royal College of Surgeons for England
Artist Agasse, Jacques Laurent (Swiss artist, 1767-1849)
Date Earliest about 1817
Date Latest about 1830
Description This is one of a number of paintings of living animals at the Royal College of Surgeons by the Swiss artist Jacques-Laurent Agasse that were commissioned by Lord Merton. The animals are mainly shown in profile and, although painted in a manner that reflects that the works are painted from life, are intended to be seen as scientific records. This painting shows a male Quagga, an animal believed at the time to have been a cross between a Zebra and a Pony but now known to be a rare breed of Pony, now extinct.
Current Accession Number RCSSC/P 270
Former Accession Number Keith no. 12
Subject animal (Quagga)
Measurements 20.0 x 25 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on millboard
Acquisition Details Purchased from the artist about 1817.
Publications Keith, A., Sir, Hunterian and Other Pictures in the Museum Collection of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, 1930, cat. no. 12, p. ;; LeFanu, W., A Catalogue of the Portraits and Other Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture in the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh & London, 1960, cat. no. 270, p. 89, ill. pl. 270.
Notes This painting is identified on the reverse as the Quagga driven in Hyde Park by Sheriff Parkins. Joseph Parkins (d. 1843) was famous in the 1830s for owning a pair of Quaggas which he used to pull his carriage.
Rights Owner Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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