CAIN, Auguste

Paris 1821 - Paris 1894

Maker: Barbedienne

Lionne apportant un sanglier à ses trois lionceaux

Lioness Carrying to Her Young a Wild Boar




Dimensions (HxWxD): app. 80 x 122 12 x 40 in.

front of sculpture below foot: A. CAIN

Photo credit: ph. Wikimedia/Smallbones, 2012

© Artist:


  • Kreilick Conservation:
  • 1886, The bronze sculpture, set on a granite pedestal, was originally exhibited in 1886 at the Paris Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
  • 1888, The Fairmount Park Art Association acquired the sculpture in 1888 and placed it at several locations
  • 1950, It found a home at the Philadelphia Zoo. According to newspapers of the period, the Lioness was difficult to place because its ?realistic pose... terrified many horses, that in other respects were fearless.?


  • Smithsonian Institution/SOS! website, August 18, 2015
  • 1891 and 1895 Monumental News
    Monumental News, January 1891, December 1895
  • 1974 Fairmount Park Art Association
    Fairmount Park Art Assoc., "Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze & Stone," NY: Walker Publ., 1974, p. 150
  • 1985 University of Delaware
    Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985
  • 1989 National Park Service
    National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, PA5133, 1989
  • 1992 Bach
    Penny Balkin Bach, "Public Art in Philadelphia," Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992, p. 206
  • 1993 SOS!
    Save Outdoor Sculpture, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia survey, 1993
  • 2006 Kreilick
    Kreilick Conservation LLC, Conservation Report, 2006 ( project sheets/Lioness Carrying to Her Young a Wild Boar.pdf)

Related works

  • Information given by Florence Rionnet, author of a Ph.D. dissertation on the founder Barbedienne (soon to be published), August 24, 2015:
    Plaster exhibted at the Paris Salon of 1886, no. 3590; Paris, Musée des Arts décoratifs.
    Bronze in La Boissière-Ecole, Yvelines, Château (constructed for Commandant Hériot, 1833-1899), signed on base: A. CAIN 1886 and F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR. PARIS.
    Reductions cast with lost wax process by the founder Susse, H. 24 and17 3/4 in