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Lion's Head and Sketch of a Lion

A work made of charcoal and graphite, with stumping, and red chalk with touches of white chalk, on brown wove paper.
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  • A work made of charcoal and graphite, with stumping, and red chalk with touches of white chalk, on brown wove paper.

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Artist:

Attributed to Edmé Saint-Marcel (French, 1819-1890)
or style of Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1795-1875)

About this artwork

The resting head of this sizable lion and the inset detail of his full body suggest that the artist was sketching from life. The rich textures of the chalk highlights and the overall detail reveal that the sleeping pose was no accident, and that the drawing was in fact made in the only moment the animal remained still enough to be captured on paper.

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Artist

Edmé Saint-Marcel

Title

Lion's Head and Sketch of a Lion

Origin

France

Date

Artist's working dates 1839–1890

Medium

Charcoal and graphite, with stumping, and red chalk with touches of white chalk, on brown wove paper

Dimensions

252 × 295 mm

Credit Line

The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1922.3698

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