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Relief - Sheep and a lamb

Sheep and a lamb

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800-1830 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs W. Woodbine Parish

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

It is thought that this early 19th-century limestone relief, together with seven other reliefs, originally came from a now unidentifiable house in the City of London that was about to be demolished. Between 1878 and 1916 they were positioned over fireplaces in 1 Lowther Gardens, Princes Gate, London. The original scheme that included this relief of a sheep and a lamb and the others is unknown.

On acquisition this group of reliefs was thought by the then Keeper of the Department of Architecture and Sculpture, Eric Maclagan, to be related to the work of John Bacon the Elder (1740-1799), but he considered them to be probably early 19th century. The original contexts are unknown.

Physical description

Relief in limestone depicting a sheep and a lamb. The sheep stands facing the left eating leaves from a broken tree. The lamb sits at the foot of the tree. On the right a cottage.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1800-1830 (carved)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 46 cm

Object history note

According to the donor, the present piece, together with Mus. Nos. A.72-1926 to A.79-1926, originally came from an unidentified house in the City of London, which was to be demolished. Between 1878 and 1916 they were placed over fireplaces in 1 Lowther Gardens, Prince's Gate, London. Given by Mrs W. Woodbine Parish, 9 Courtfield Road, London in 1926.

Descriptive line

Relief, limestone, a sheep and a lamb, unknown artist, English, ca. 1800-1830

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002, p. 441, cat. no. 722

Subjects depicted

Cottage; Sheep; Lamb; Tree


Sculpture; Architectural fittings


Sculpture Collection

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