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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Obaysch, the Hippopotamus, London Zoo

Overview

Creator: Don Juan, Comte de Montizón (1822–87)
Creation Date: 
1852
Materials: 
Salt print laid on card
Dimensions: 
11.4 x 14.7 cm
RCIN 
2905523
Provenance: 
Probably acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1854, following the Photographic Society Exhibition, London
Description:

Photograph of Obaysch, the Hippopotamus, photographed lying down with eyes closed. Behind the bars to the Hippopotamus House stand observers. From a set of 43 photographs of animals at London Zoo.

Montizón, the younger son of the pretender to the Spanish throne, produced over forty different studies of animals at London Zoo by 1852. The hippopotamus had been presented by the Viceroy of Egypt to the British Consul in 1850. At London Zoo he became an instant visitor attraction.

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010

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Category: 
Photographs