Paris 1795 - Paris 1875
Lion assis, et Lion de la Colonne de la Bastille
Lion, and Lion of the Bastille Column
1884 cast from 1847 model
bronze, granite base
Dimensions (HxWxD): app. 75 x 38 x 73 in.
proper right lower front: BARYE / 1847
proper left, lower rear: F. BARBEDIENNE - FONDEUR
base, plaque on front: BARYE / 1796-1874
Credit Line: Given to the City of Baltimore by William Thompson Walters
Photo credit: ph. Wikimedia/Daderot
© Artist : public domain
- 1884, May, wealthy businessman and collector William Thompson Walters (1820-1894) asks George A. Lucas (in Paris) to purchase from founder Barbedienne a large cast of the Seated Lion. Orders soon followed for bronze reductions of the four allegorical groups War, Peace, Order and Force. Over the next several months, Lucas was kept busy monitoring the patination of these bronzes, commissioning a relief of the Lion of the Bastille Column to insert at the base of Seated Lion, and finally, arranging for the designs of the pedestals for all the sculptures.
- 1884, September 13, Lucas paid 25 000 francs for the Lion and the four groups.
- 1885, January 28, the "Barye inauguration", unveiling of the five casts, all presented to the city by William Walters. All five were installed in the West Garden of Mount Vernon Place.
- 1918, due to landscaping improvements, the five bronzes were relocated to the area around the Washington Monument.
- Save Outdoor Sculpture! website, http://siris-collections.si.edu, 22 February 2016
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_public_art_in_Baltimore, accessed 22 February 2016
- http://www.thedistractedwanderer.com/2010/08/parks-of-mount-vernon-place.html, accessed 22 February 2016
- 1929 Rusk
William Sener Rusk, Art in Baltimore: Monuments and Memorials, Baltimore: Norman, Remington, 1929, pg. 9-10
- 1971 Hunter
Wilbur Harvey Hunter, The Monumental City, The Rinehart School of Sculpture 75th Anniversary Catalogue 1896-1971, Baltimore, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1971, pg. 18
- 1983 Dorsey
John Dorsey, Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore: Maclay & Associates, 1983, pg. 24-25
- 1987 Naylor
Henry and Caroline Naylor, Public Monuments & Sculpture of Baltimore: An Introduction to the Collection, 1987, pg. 11
- 1989 Kotarba
Kathleen Kotarba, The Baltimore Bronze Project, Baltimore: Baltimore City Commission for historical and Architectural Preservation, July 1989
- 2006 Johnston and Kelly
William R. Johnston, "Barye's American Patrons", in William R. Johnston and Simon Kelly, Untamed: the Art of Antoine-Louis Barye, Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum, 2006, p. 57-58, notes p. 64-65
- The lion is a copy of one that Barye created for the Garden of the Tuileries in Paris in 1847.