Lombardi, Giovita (1837-86; Italian)
Goat and Kid
Marble, size unknown
Purchased, 1884; de-accessioned and sold at auction, 1943
Unidentified; present location unknown

This group was sold at the 1943 auction of NGV sculpture, with the same sculptor’s marble statues of chickens, also acquired in 1884 (see separate entries); this work fetched £17/10.

Lombardi exhibited marble groups called Goat and Kid in Dublin and Paris in 1865 and 1867 respectively. Several variants are extant, including one in the Sefton Park Palm House (reproduced here).

[comparative photo: Goat and Kid, Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool]


AR 1884, p.35; SB, p.67; NGV 1894, p.130 (VI.Rotunda, no.9: G.Lombardi); NGV 1905, p.76 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.163: G.Lombardi); [£1000, with * Lombardi (Giovita) Fowls – Cocks Fighting {1884} Loc? [SC], etc.]

For the extant marble group in Liverpool, see https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Goat_%26_Kid_statue,_Sefton_Park_Palm_House. A bronze version also survives, sold for £18,000 in London in April 2009: see http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16767/lot/122/