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Reclining Lion

A work made of graphite with touches of white chalk, on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of graphite with touches of white chalk, on cream wove paper.

Date:

1816

Artist:

Attributed to Edwin Henry Landseer
English, 1802-1873

About this artwork

Landseer was an artistic prodigy, drawing animals with great realism by age nine. These included a lion displayed at the London Exeter Exchange menagerie, whose dissected body he may later have viewed in 1820. These sketches (1993.248.1619 and 1993.248.1617) suggest not only the artist’s keen powers of observation, but also provide a contrast to the romanticized works by Delacroix through the depiction of the animal’s sparse, apparently inhumane living quarters. The beloved animal painter of Queen Victoria, Landseer later designed the massive lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Edwin Henry Landseer

Title

Reclining Lion

Origin

England

Date

1816

Medium

Graphite with touches of white chalk, on cream wove paper

Dimensions

115 × 181 mm

Credit Line

The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1993.248.1617

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