The Sluggard

The Sluggard

Frederic Lord Leighton, P. R. A. (1830-1896)


Bronze, rich mid and dark brown patination

Height: 20 3/4 inches (52.5 cm.)

Signed "Fred Leighton," and inscribed "Founded by J. W. Singer & Sons, Frome Somerset Published by Arthur Leslie Collie 39B Old Bond Street, London, May 1st 1890."

The Royal Academy has the life-size plaster version of The Sluggard, and Tate Britain has the 1885 life-size bronze. Reduced-size versions are in the collections of Ashmolean Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts.

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