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Frederic, Lord Leighton

The Sluggard

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Frederic, Lord Leighton

Frederic, Lord Leighton

The Sluggard

The Sluggard

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot sold:

44,100

GBP

Frederic, Lord Leighton

British

1830 - 1896

The Sluggard


signed: Fred LEighton, titled: THE SLUGGARD, and inscribed: PUBLISHED BY ARTHUR LESLIE COLLIE / 39B OLD BOND STREET LONDON / MAY IST 1890. and: FOUNDED BY J. W. SINGER & SONS / FROME SOMERSET.

bronze, dark brown patina

52cm., 20½in.

Overall the condition is very good, with minor surface dirt and wear consistent with age. There are some minor nicks and scratches. There is an original rectangular casting plug at the proper right hip. There are minor dents at the proper right arm and the proper right hip. There is some minor pitting to the bronze, consistent with casting.


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The Sluggard is one of the iconic masterpieces of 19th-century British sculpture. Its languid pose captures the essence of male beauty and is the epitome of the masculine ideal. Leighton's Sluggard was first exhibited as a clay sketch at the Royal Academy in 1886 and was conceived as the pendant to the artist's earlier masterpiece, An Athlete struggling with a Python, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1877. The Sluggard was originally entitled Athlete awakening from sleeping and was inspired by the languid stretching of Leighton's muscular male model Giuseppe Valona after a long sitting. Leighton rapidly captured the pose in clay and thus created one of the masterpieces of Victorian sculpture, which has been described as 'a symbol of the art of sculpture, liberated by Leighton, flexing itself for renewed activity after a long time in the shackles of convention' (Benedict Read, Apolloop. cit., p. 68). The bronze editions were produced by Arthur Leslie Collie and cast by Singer. Casts which bear both the Collie and Singer inscriptions, such as the present, very fine, bronze, are believed to date to circa 1896-1900. According to Nicholas Penny, later casts are only inscribed with the founder's name.


RELATED LITERATURE

N. Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum: 1540 to the Present Day, vol. iii, Oxford, 1992, p. 114, no. 533; B. Read, 'Leighton as a sculptor: Releasing sculpture from convention,' Apollo, February 1996, pp. 65-69