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Born in Germany, Weschke came to Britain as a prisoner of war and has remained here ever since. In 1953, struggling to earn a living, he became an assistant to the lion feeder at a London circus. He took advantage of the situation to make drawings and prints of circus animals.

In the early twentieth century, the German Expressionists made many woodcuts, and in choosing this medium Weschke is looking to his native heritage, while the title of this work suggests his debt to Britain in its reference to a poem by William Blake. For each example of the Tiger prints the artist inked the block in a different way, so each one is unique.

August 2004