The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Girl with a Dog
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Girl with a Dog
  • France
  • c. 1750
  • Small bronze
  • Bronze; base bronze, gilded
  • Height: 11.2 cm
    Length: 18.3 cm
  • S207
  • Not on display
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • S206 and S207 were conceived as a pair, as their gilt-bronze mounts in the Louis XV style confirm. They were probably designed to sit on a desk to be used as paperweights. In each bronze a young girl is depicted engaged in affectionate intimate play with an animal. Although primarily decorative in nature, the groups may represent goddesses in infant form, respectively Venus (or Leda), with the swan as her attribute, and Diana.