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Bronze Sculpture - Athlete Strangling a Python

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1973P42
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1877 - 1877

Maker Information

Sculptor:Lord Frederic Leighton - View biography for Lord Frederic Leighton


Lord Leighton is better know as a painter than as a sculptor. When he exhibited a life-size version at the Royal Academy in 1877 it caused a sensation. Its dynamic vigorous style was very different from the colder more passive Victorian work. It was considered to mark the beginning of a movement called 'The New Sculpture' which included the sculptors Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), George Frampton (1860-1928) and Thomas Brock (1847-1922).

Purchased from the Handley-Read Collection, 1973.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Cast bronze.


Height:550 mm
Width:300 mm
Depth:345 mm