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Relief - Leda and the Swan
  • Leda and the Swan
    Lucas, Richard Cockle, born 1800 - died 1883
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Leda and the Swan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucas, Richard Cockle, born 1800 - died 1883 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax in low relief

  • Credit Line:

    Given by R. C. Lucas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a wax model made by R. C Lucas in the 19th century England. This model represents a group in low relief of Leda and the Swan.

Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-1883) is mainly known as a sculptor in wax and ivory, but he also worked in glass, marble and bronze, as well as being a painter. Lucas began his career as a sculptor as an apprentice to his uncle, who worked as a cutler in Winchester, carving knife handles. He joined the Royal Academy Schools in 1828 and studied under Richard Westmacott. Lucas made two models of the Parthenon, in its original state and after the explosion of 1687, which were acquired by the British Museum. He is best known for his small scale works including wax sculptures and ivory carvings. Lucas was at the centre of a controversy about the bust of Flora in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin. The bust was thought to be an authentic work by Leonardo da Vinci but the sculptor's son Albert Dürer Lucas claimed in the Burlington Magazine that the bust was modelled by his father. It is now generally thought that the bust is probably by Leonardo or his circle but was repaired by Lucas. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1829 and 1859 and showed ivory carvings and imitation bronzes at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

Physical description

Group in low relief of Leda and the Swan.

Place of Origin

England (made)


19th century (made)


Lucas, Richard Cockle, born 1800 - died 1883 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Wax in low relief


Height: 21.59 cm, Width: 16.51 cm

Object history note

Given by R.C. Lucas in 1865.

Descriptive line

Relief, model in wax, Leda and the swan, by Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-1883), English, 19th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 45
Cf. Bloch, P. Die Bildwerke der Skulpturengalerie Berlin. 3. Bildwerke 1780-1910. Berlin, 1990, no. 81, pp. 163-164

Production Note

Copy of an ancient bronze in the British Museum.



Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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