Don Juan, Comte de Montizón (1822–87)
Obaysch, the Hippopotamus, London Zoo 1852
Salt print laid on card | 11.4 x 14.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2905523
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
ProvenanceProbably acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1854, following the Photographic Society Exhibition, London
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