Description A patron named Comte Nicolaï commissioned a marble statue of a greyhound. To fulfill the commission, Barye bought a black greyhound named Tom to serve as a model, and the pet soon became a familiar sight to Barye's neighbors. The location of the marble is no longer known, but in 1889, George A. Lucas discovered a plaster model (now in the Peabody Institute) that had been used by the marble carvers. He subsequently ordered several casts, including this one made by the foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne.
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- Best in Show: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today. The Bruce Museum, Greenwich; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston. 2006-2007.
- 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, 1889-1890, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model (?), sharp and clear: BARYE
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1889-1890
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