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  • Crucially important as the earliest recorded example of Stubbs's work in enamel on earthenware supports that were made and then fired in Josiah Wedgwood's factory, this work predates Stubbs's more ambitious compositions for larger-scale Wedgwood ceramic plaques or "canvases." The position of the Wedgwood stamp, moreover, strongly suggests that the oval plaque was cut with a grinder from the bottom of a Queen's Ware plate and that Stubbs created the present work as an experiment with which to demonstrate (maybe to the manufacturer) the possibility and promise of painting in enamel on Wedgwood earthenware. In the 1770s distinctions among the various species of big cat were still rather vague, and the English word tiger was frequently used as a generic term to describe them all except lions. This is why the present work has plausibly been identified with the reference to a "sleeping tiger" in the artist's posthumous sale of 26 May 1807, despite the unequivocal spots. Paul Mellon loved this little painting and kept it on the desk in his study in the house he kept on East Seventieth Street in New York City
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  • Crucially important as the earliest recorded example of Stubbs's work in enamel on earthenware supports that were made and then fired in Josiah Wedgwood's factory, this work predates Stubbs's more ambitious compositions for larger-scale Wedgwood ceramic plaques or "canvases." The position of the Wedgwood stamp, moreover, strongly suggests that the oval plaque was cut with a grinder from the bottom of a Queen's Ware plate and that Stubbs created the present work as an experiment with which to demonstrate (maybe to the manufacturer) the possibility and promise of painting in enamel on Wedgwood earthenware. In the 1770s distinctions among the various species of big cat were still rather vague, and the English word tiger was frequently used as a generic term to describe them all except lions. This is why the present work has plausibly been identified with the reference to a "sleeping tiger" in the artist's posthumous sale of 26 May 1807, despite the unequivocal spots. Paul Mellon loved this little painting and kept it on the desk in his study in the house he kept on East Seventieth Street in New York City
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  • Bibliograpic reference :: Alex Kidson, Earlier British paintings in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2012, p. 173, fn 1, ND466 .K537 2012 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Basil Taylor, Stubbs, Phaidon, London, 1975, uhy, fig. 12, NJ18 St915 T39 1975 (YCBA) +
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Bruce Tattersall, A Sleeping Leopard by George Stubbs, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 118, No.885, December 1976, pp. 848-51, fig. 93, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: C. A. Lennox-Boyd, George Stubbs, the complete engraved works, Stipple, Warren Farm House, Culham, Abingdon, OX New York : Distributed b, 1989, NJ18 St915 A12 L45 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: David Alexander, Painters and engraving, the reproductive print from Hogarth to Wilkie, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, p. 50, no. 100, NE631.2 A43 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Duncan Robinson, Paul Mellon: a Cambridge tribute, , The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [England], 2007, pp. 26-7, 50, N5220 M552 P36 2007 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: George Stubbs as a Printmaker, Print Collector's Newsletter, September/October 1982, pp. 113-116, NE1 P76 OVERSIZE (HAAS)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 253, no. 26, pl. 26, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867: A Catalogue, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 90-91, no. 87, Colour Pl. 15, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, 1724-1806, [exhibition] Tate Gallery., Tate Publishing, London, 1984, p. 123, no. 86, NJ18 St915 E43 (YCBA) +
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, painter, catalogue raisonne, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., London, 2007, pp. 66-7, 406-8, no. 202, fig. 3, NJ18 St915 A12 E44 2007 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Malcolm Cormack, George Stubbs in the collection of Paul Mellon, a memorial exhibition, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., 1999, p. 80, no. 61, NJ18 St915 G54 1999 (YCBA) , Copy 2 is on Mellopn Shelf
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 19, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels], Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Mellon, Reflections in a silver spoon, a memoir, W. Morrow, New York, 1992, p. 281, N5220 M552 1992 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Sleeping Leopard, Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 1981, p. 192, J418 C65D (SML)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Stubbs, an exhibition in honor of Paul Mellon : National Gallery of Art, 4 May-2 June 1985., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1985, pp. 7, 9, no. 29, V 0413 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Venetia Morrison, The art of George Stubbs, Wellfleet Press, Seacaucus, N.J., 1989, p. 145, NJ18 St915 M67 1989+ (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 10.8cm
  • Dimension width :: 16.8cm
  • Exhibition :: An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy
  • Exhibition :: Connections
  • Exhibition :: George Stubbs (1724-1806) Tate Gallery
  • Exhibition :: George Stubbs in the Collection of Paul Mellon: a Memorial Exhibition
  • Exhibition :: Paul Mellon - A Cambridge Tribute
  • Exhibition :: Stubbs - An Exhibition in Honor of Paul Mellon
  • Exhibition :: The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: painting
  • Subject Concept :: leopard
  • Subject Concept :: oval
  • Subject Concept :: plants
  • Subject Concept :: rock
  • Subject Concept :: sleeping
  • Subject Concept :: sporting art
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • Sleeping Leopard
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