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Lion and Serpent No. 3 (sketch)
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Lion and Serpent No. 3 (sketch)

Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This composition is Barye's earliest freely rendered version of the subject (as opposed to a mechanical reproduction). The lion is more threatening than in other versions and raises its paw as it prepares to strike the snake.
  • 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, 1886 [George A. Lucas as agent; he purchased two unspecified bronze models of Lion and Serpent from Montaignac on January 22, 1886 (Lucas Diary 2, 623)]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: BARYE; [Number] Painted inside in white: W 8.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1886

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modeled ca. 1832
golden bronze with red-brown patina
Accession Number
5 3/8 x 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (13.7 x 19.1 x 11.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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