The Nubian Giraffe

The Nubian Giraffe, 1827, Agasse, Windsor Castle, Windsor
The Nubian Giraffe, 1827, Agasse, Windsor Castle, Windsor

The Nubian Giraffe, 1827 was painted by Jacques-Laurent Agasse and is held in The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK.

The Nubian giraffe was a gift from the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt to George IV. The animal was injured after the long journey from Alexandria and could only stand supported by a pulley. Agasse omitted this detail and instead depicted the animal elegantly leaning down to drink milk proffered by two Egyptian keepers standing next to an unidentified English gentleman.

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