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Elephants Crossing a Nullah
Landseer's Etchings for Mundy's Travels in India
Date: 1832
Materials: Unbound etching in cloth-bound portfolio (Chine-colle)
Dimensions: H. 4 in x W. 6 1/2 in, H. 10.2 cm x W. 16.5 cm (image)
Credit Line: From the Collection of William K. Ehrenfeld, M.D.
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: 2005.64.367.14
On Display: No

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Label: The scene depicted here is eloquently described by Mundy in the following words: "During this march we crossed more than once the rocky bed of the picturesque river Betwa. On such occasions as this, as well as whilst traversing countries the most tangled, broken, and precipitous, that chef d'oeuvre [masterpiece] of animal creation,the elephant, most conspicuously displays his superiority. It is wonderful to see him patiently and effectually surmounting obstacles, which the horse could not have a chance, and even ubiquitary man himself might despair, of overcoming."

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Exhibition History: "Elephants Without Number", Asian Art Museum, 11/24/2015-6/26/2016
Label: The scene depicted here is eloquently described by Mundy in the following words: "During this march we crossed more than once the rocky bed of the picturesque river Betwa. On such occasions as this, as well as whilst traversing countries the most tangled, broken, and precipitous, that chef d'oeuvre [masterpiece] of animal creation,the elephant, most conspicuously displays his superiority. It is wonderful to see him patiently and effectually surmounting obstacles, which the horse could not have a chance, and even ubiquitary man himself might despair, of overcoming."
Exhibition History: "Elephants Without Number", Asian Art Museum, 11/24/2015-6/26/2016