Stubbs painted many exotic animals, either ascommissions from zoologists or for his own interest. The animal here has often been called ‘A Green Monkey’, but this species has a black face. This monkey has been identified as a Malayan long-tailed or crab-eating macaque. This was not a rare species and Stubbs may have seen the animal in one of London’s small zoos, known as menageries. His first picture of this monkey was painted in 1774. This is an exact copy made by him 25 years later. He records the animal in great detail but may also be referring to man’s relationship to monkeys by adding a tree and a peach, symbolising the Garden of Eden and mankind’s original state of nature.