The Lion in Love, Oil on Canvas

The Lion in Love, Oil on Canvas


Original Early 20th Century Painting Depicting Aesop’s Fable

'A lion once fell in love with a beautiful maiden and proposed marriage to her parents. The old people did not know what to say. They did not like to give their daughter to the Lion, yet they did not wish to enrage the King of Beasts. At last the father said: “We feel highly honoured by your Majesty’s proposal, but you see our daughter is a tender young thing, and we fear that in the vehemence of your affection you might possibly do her some injury. Might I venture to suggest that your Majesty should have your claws removed, and your teeth extracted, then we would gladly consider your proposal again.” The Lion was so much in love that he had his claws trimmed and his big teeth taken out. But when he came again to the parents of the young girl they simply laughed in his face, and bade him do his worst. “LOVE CAN TAME THE WILDEST.”’

Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

This fable was dealt with by many many an artist throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Is this the inspiration for our new early 20th century painting? I have something niggling at the back of my head, unsure if it’s Aesop or something else...

Measuring: 51cm X 41cm X 2cm.

In good vintage condition, other than minor wear and tear the only thing I would point out is the pizza slice shaped hole of missing paint underneath the observer looking through the bars. Please see photos.

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