Description In a catalogue issued by the firm Besse et Cie in 1844, this stately horse with its long, flowing mane is described as follows: This horse is fully at liberty, freely inhaling the air through its nostrils; proudly raising its head as though neither death nor enslavement could ever be its fate; this horse soothes our eye and spirit, chasing off any disheartening thought; the only feeling that one can experience upon seeing it is a deep admiration both for one of nature's most beautiful and most noble creatures and for the talent of its delineator.
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. 2007-2008.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1889 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: BARYE; [Transcription] Cold stamped on base: 029; [Number] Painted inside in white: W 103.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889
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