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Lion walking

circa 1840
cast post 1875



after Antoine-Louis Barye


24 Sep 1795 - 25 Jun 1875


Antoine-Louis Barye was one of the greatest Romantic French sculptors, most famous for his work as an 'animalier', a sculptor of animals. Although an accomplished monumental sculptor, he also created a considerable body of small-scale works and often made multiple casts of his small bronze designs. Barye gave life so vividly to his tiny bronzes, which were filled with direct and vibrant naturalism, that his contemporary, the painter Eugène Delacroix once said of him: 'I wish I could put a twist in a tiger’s tail like that man’. Auguste Rodin, 44 years younger, claimed Barye as his teacher and artistic father. The present sculpture representing a walking lion (on a rectangular base), his head slightly turned towards the left, laid on a naturalist base, is often paired with 'Tiger walking' (acc no 7425), whose head is turned toward the right.



circa 1840
cast post 1875

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23.0 x 40.5 x 10.3 cm

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Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1944


Not on display

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Works in the collection


Artist information

after Antoine-Louis Barye

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Arsene Alexandre, Les artistes célèbres – A L Barye, Paris, 1889, p 63, illus p 33.

Roger Ballu, L'oeuvre de Barye, Paris, 1890, p 162, no 45, illus p 30.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Late Victorian, Edwardian and French sculptures', Sydney, Jan 1972, pp 646–63: illus p 655.

Stuart Pivar, The Barye Bronzes A Catalogue Raisonné, Woodbridge, 1974, pp 32, 40, 264, 279, no A48, illus p 131. 1990 reprint (pp 54, 282, 297, no A48, illus p 147).

Michel Poletti and Alain Richarme, Barye: catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, pp 187–89, no A61, col illus p 187.

Anna Waldmann, Renée Free and Nicholas Draffin, Salon and Académie: the charm of tradition: a catalogue of nineteenth-century European salon works, Sydney, 1984, p [50], illus p [50].

Annual report of the Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales for the years 1944–45, Sydney, 1946, pp 4, 13.