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Wednesday, June 18th 2003
Art from the home of the Royal Bengal tiger
Tiger taking a drink
Tiger taking a drink
A collection of remarkable paintings of tigers in their natural habitat goes on display in Shropshire later this week.

Art for Survival
See more Tiger paintings from India's Ranthambhore School of Art as part of the David Shepherd Foundation.

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Ranthambhore School of Art was founded in 1991in order to promote the work of local wildlife artists.

The school is supported by the David Shepherd Foundation, which was set up by the famous wildlife artist.

The forests around Ranthambhore became a hunting reserve for royalty, which had a devastating effect on the tiger population. 100 years ago there were more than 40,000 rigers in India, but numbers had fallen to less than 2,000 by 1972.

The Ranthambhore School of Art in India enjoys a growing reputation for the quality of wildlife art produced by its artists.

Tiger mother and cub
Tiger mother and cub

And, as the home of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, it's only natural that Ranthambhore artists should concentrate on the most striking of big cats.

Praise for their work has come from many prominent artists, including David Shepherd, Michael Jackson and Alan Hunt.


Exhibitions of their work have been held across Europe, and the work of Ranthambhore artists have been sold at Sotheby's and Christies.

The Ranthambhore artists are a part of a growing genre towards contemporary wildlife art, mainly portraying the tiger in its natural habitat.

And now art lovers in Shropshire are going to get the chance to experience these pictures at first hand when they are exhibited at Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

And in common with other exhibitions by the Ranthambhore artists, the Ludlow exhibition, called arTiger, will raise money to help save the Bengal tiger from extinction.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of pictures is donated to the Ranthambhore National Park, which is a tiger reserve.

arTiger runs at Ludlow Assembly Rooms from 21st June to 5th July 2003.

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