The London Zoo is Auctioning Unseen Paintings by Jacques-Laurent Agasse

A painting by Jacques-Laurent Agasse. A painting by Jacques-Laurent Agasse. Wikimedia Commons

The London Zoo is auctioning four canvases by Jacques-Laurent Agasse—a celebrated animal painter who rose to prominence during the late-eighteenth century. The works, which are being sold at Christie's, have remained unknown to art historians until now. The paintings were commissioned in the 1820s by Edward Cross, an exotic animal dealer who ran a menagerie in London.

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