Title: Athlete Wrestling with a Python
Date: 1877
Artist: Frederic, Lord Leighton
English, 1830–1896
Medium: bronze
height including base: 20 5/16 in. (51.6 cm)
base only: 1 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 11 9/16 in. (4.5 x 20.6 x 29.4 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of William Booth Papin
Object Number: 78:1945
Current Location: On View, Gallery 207
A muscular male nude struggles with a python, clutching its head with his outstretched hand while the snake encircles his thigh and wraps its tail around his ankle. This cast is a reduced version of a life-size sculpture exhibited in London in 1877 to great acclaim. Frederic, Lord Leighton, better known as a painter but also successful as a sculptor, was the most prominent English academic artist of the 19th century, and president of the Royal Academy for several years.
Signed: on base, proper left, inscribed into sculpture: F. LEIGHTON, 1877 / XXV
Publication History
Title: Western European Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century, a Survey
Publisher: Shepherd Gallery, Associates
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