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Recumbent Ewe

Rosa Bonheur, 19th Century second half; 1870 possibly

WAG 6165

About this object

This bronze sculpture of a resting ewe is by celebrated French artist Rosa Bonheur. Though primarily known as a painter of animals, Bonheur also produced sculptures. She had learnt to cast in her father's workshop, where she served as his apprentice. Sculpture was, in Bonheur’s day, regarded as the least lady-like of all of the arts. Bonheur helped pave the way for other female artists, such as Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908) and Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907), to work as professional sculptors.

The Walker’s casting was done by François-Auguste-Hippolyte Peyrol (1856-1929). Peyrol was married to Bonheur's sister Juliette. He is chiefly known for having been the bronze founder of Isidore Bonheur's and Rosa Bonheur's sculpture in that material but was also an animalier sculptor, specialising in domestic animals. The original, also cast by Peyrol, was exhibited at the 1848 Paris Salon where Rosa Bonheur was awarded a First Class medal.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Rosa Bonheur (French, born:16 March,1822, died:25 May,1899)
  • Date
    19th Century second half; 1870 possibly
  • Materials
    Medium and Technique = Bronze
  • Measurements
    10 x 22 cm
  • Physical description
    A small bronze sculpture of a resting ewe on a base.
  • Related people
    Rosa Bonheur (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6165
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1962
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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