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Don Juan, Comte de Montizón (1822–87)

Obaysch, the Hippopotamus, London Zoo 1852

Salted paper print | 10.2 x 15.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2905524

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Photograph of Obaysch (c.1849-78) the hippopotamus taken in London Zoo. Obaysch lies down, facing left, his legs pointed towards the camera. There is water in the foreground and the bars of the enclosure, the Hippopotamus House, can be seen in the background. 

Obaysch was London Zoo's first hippopotamus. He arrived at London Zoo on 25 May 1850. He proved to be very popular and attracted up to 10,000 visitors to the Zoo every day, with visitor numbers doubling for the year 1850. 

Photograph is from a set of 43 photographs (2905515-2905557) of animals at London Zoo 
  • Creator(s)

    Don Juan, Comte de Montizón (1822–87) (photographer)

  • 10.2 x 15.1 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mammals
            • Hippopotamuses
              • Obaysch (Hippopotamus)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • Regent's Park [London]
                  • London Zoo [The Regent's Park]
                    • Hippopotamus House [London Zoo]