“As a curator, I carry around a huge mental image bank of art. This professional hazard means that just about everything reminds me of a print, drawing, or painting. So when my family joined the millions of others watching the controversial and bizarre miniseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix, my thoughts turned to my favorite big cats in the Graphic Arts Collection at the Portland Art Museum.”
—Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings
Paul Elie Ranson (French, 1862–1909), Tigre dans le jungle (Tiger in the Jungle), from L’Estampe originale (The Original Print), Album I, 1893. Color lithograph on cream simili-japon paper. Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Jean Y. Roth Memorial Fund, the Graphic Arts Council, and Pamela Berg, 2014.156.1, public domain.
Evert van Muyden (Swiss, born Italy, 1853-1922), Tiger and Prey, 1886, ink and charcoal on cream wove paper, image: 11 1/16 in x 17 5/16 in; sheet: 11 1/16 in x 17 5/16 in, Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 35.92
Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863). Lion de l’Atlas (Lion of the Atlas Mountains), 1829. Lithograph on cream wove paper. Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer, 43.10.3, public domain
Beth Van Hoesen (American, 1926–2010). Bobcat, 1984. Color aquatint, etching, and drypoint with roulette, hand colored with watercolor on moderately thick, moderately textured white wove paper. Gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust, 2007.60.552 © Beth Van Hoesen