Lost Trophies: Hunting Animals and the Imperial Souvenir in Walton Ford’s Pancha Tantra
Interprets Ford’s paintings of hunted animals through a literary lens to uncover the relationship between hunting, naturalist art, and colonialism. Examines the brief extract on the sable antelope from Green Hills of Africa that inspired and accompanies Ford’s Lost Trophy. Whittle discusses its complicated message regarding environmental possession, exploitation, and conservationism, contending that Hemingway fails to acknowledge his own complicity in the destruction of the natural world. Concludes that Ford’s painting depicts an animal resisting the hunter’s possession, thus revealing the fragility of colonial dominance.
Journal of Commonwealth Literature