Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins: Pleistocene Fauna of Asia

Pleistocene Fauna of Asia: Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

Pleistocene Fauna of Asia is a painting by natural history sculptor and painter Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, commissioned in 1876.

Analysis of Pleistocene Fauna of Asia

Hawkins was a Victorian painter of and lecturer on zoological topics and subjects which caused a public sensation. Here is a vast landscape, set perhaps just before the last Ice Age, we see up close woolen mammoths, enormous tortoises, and, standing on a pedestal-like rock, a creature showing hybrid features such as a trunk and antlers.

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins’s Pleistocene Fauna of Asia is in the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey.

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