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Stipple Engraving by Georg Sigmund Facius; Johann Gottlieb Facius; J. G. S. Facius, 1799
This print was created by not just one artist but two: twin brothers Georg Sigmund Facius and Johann Gottlieb Facius.
In the background we can see mountains.
In the foreground there is a tiger who looks like she has seen something in the distance and is protecting her cubs.
Two of the cubs are feeding and the other two cubs have fallen asleep, most likely full of milk.
Both Facius brothers were trained stipple engravers.
Stipple engraving is a process where you use dots to create the image. Can you see the dots on the print?
Without easy access to travel, film or photographs many artists used to draw animals that they have never seen before. Does this tiger look like a tiger?