Puma and Prey

Puma and Prey



Although born in Ireland on 11th January, 1870, Swan was educated at Seaford College. He was the son of the eminent painter and sculptor John Macallan Swan R.A. who spent considerable time at London Zoo studying and drawing animals there, particularly the big cats.

Before becoming an artist and teacher of animal drawings for L C C School of Arts and Crafts, Cuthbert Swan had been a sailor and a scene painter.

He specialised in animal working in oils, watercolours and pastels to produce his paintings and, despite working in India for a while, spent most of his life in Hampstead. He became a member of the Feline School.

He exhibited 66 times in England at the Royal Academy (from 1893) and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters plus others at the Paris Salon, with titles such as "Bagheera, the black Panther", Duke - a study of a lion; Jaguars at Play and Puma and cubs. His brother Edwin was a portrait painter.

Examples of his work can be seen in Birmingham Museum -"Tiger and Prey", "Bury Art Museum - "Leopard Cubs" and Lladudno Museum which has seven works including "Otter Hounds" and "Leopard".


Dictionary of British Animal Painters - J.C. Wood

Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950 - Grant Waters

Dictionary of Victorian Painters - Christopher Wood

Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940 - Johnson and Greutzner


Height 167.64 cm / 66 "
Width 256.54 cm / 101 "
Framed height 213.36 cm / 84 "
Framed width 304.8 cm / 120 "

1870 - 1931


Oil on canvas




signed and dated 1913


Ex. Collection Norris Castle, Isle of Wight