The elephant and the rhinoceros

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    An animal art print from 1685 by Jan Griffier titled, 'A true representation of the two great masterpieces of nature, the elephant, and the rhinoceros, drawne after the life, lately brought over from the east Indies to London...'. This striking mezzotint highlights the difficulties with the common claim of early modern prints to show animals 'drawn from life'. Often this indicated simply that an illustration was copied from a reputable source. In this print the title is phrased so as to to persuade the unwary viewer that the figures are portraits of animals currently on display in the city, but the rhinoceros, with its armour plating and second horn on its back, is clearly from Durer's 1515 woodcut. The elephant, too, with its excessively wrinkly skin and curled toenails, appears to be copied from an image of 'Hankse', the captive elephant that appeared in artwork by Herman Saftleven, which had died in 1655.

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    Artist: Jan Grigger

    Paper prints are framed with high grade Perspex (Plexiglas).

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