Crimson Horned Pheasant (Satyr Tragapan)

Artist/maker unknown, Indianc. 1775-1800

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

This image was created by an Indian artist for a British patron. For eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British collectors, such exact depictions of birds and other denizens of the natural world provided a means to catalog and analyze a foreign and unknown land. Found exclusively in the Himalayas, the crimson horned pheasant must have been a curious sight to those more accustomed to European fauna. The precision with which the artist illustrated the splendidly patterned bird demonstrates the parallel interests in the biological sciences and fine arts that characterized Europe in the eighteenth century.


  • Title: Crimson Horned Pheasant (Satyr Tragapan)
  • Date Created: c. 1775-1800
  • Location Created: West Bengal, India, Asia or Patna, Bihar, India, Asia
  • Physical Dimensions: 29 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches (75.2 x 60 cm)
  • Provenance: Gift of William P. Wood in memory of Mia Wood, 1984
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Watercolor on paper
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, Indian

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