Our watercolor is compared to Lion et Caïman (kept in the Kunsthalle, Hamburg) in the Memorial exhibition catalogue (op. cit. p. 361, n°474), executed in 1863.
In our opinion, our watercolor is also comparable to Lion and Snake (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore) executed in 1846 (illustrated below). If the 1846 composition evokes justice's triumph over malevolence, our watercolor probably simply expresses force.
The dark colors of the cave in the left part of the composition give more presence to the lion painted in a clear palette, thus standing out, confident and ferocious.
We would like to thank the Galerie Brame et Lorenceau for kindly authenticating this work which will be included in the digital catalogue of Delacroix's work in preparation. An authentication letter dater November 9th 2017 will be delivered to the buyer.
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