Canova, Antonio (1757-1822; Italian) [after]
Two lions
Acquired by 1871
Present location unknown

The famous lions from Canova’s tomb of Pope Clement XIII (St Peter’s Basilica, 1783-92), one vigilant and the other asleep, have often been reproduced. A bronze pair, cast from the originals, was installed outside the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1860.

[comparative photo: a bronze pair on sale recently]


AR 1870-71, p.58 (Schedule XL, indicating the origin as the “Kensington Museum”)

For the examples reproduced here, see (accessed 10 Sept.2020; bronze versions 98cm high, dated to 1810; further details available to subscribers)