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Hunting Cat Attacks Bird’s Nest – Tobias Heinrich Thomann von Hagelstein

Hunting Cat Attacks Bird’s Nest

 Tobias Heinrich Thomann von Hagelstein

(1700 Augsburg 1764)

Dramatic mezzotint engraving engraved circa 1750 by Tobias Heinrich Thomann von Hagelstein.

A stealthy hunting cat snatches a baby bird from a nest while the mother is distracted by a ferret or pine martin.

Extraordinarlly rich, high contrast mezzotints. You can almost feel the textures of fur and feathers.

Thomann von Hagelstein was known for his depictions of animals on the hunt.