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"Reclining Lion," project drawing for "The Lion and Mouse"

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Title

"Reclining Lion," project drawing for "The Lion and Mouse"

Subject

Drawing, American--20th century.
Figure drawing.
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
Shopping malls--United States.

Description

Pencil on board
27.5" x 18"

This sculpture illustrates the well known Aesop Fable of “The Lion and the Mouse.” Fredericks’ rendition depicts the end of the story in which the tiny mouse returns the king of the jungle’s kindness by saving him from a hunter’s trap.

The J. L. Hudson Company commissioned this sculpture for Eastland Center in Harper Woods, Michigan. Like many of Fredericks’ sculptures, he designed it specifically for children.

Both animals possess humanized friendly facial expressions. The lion is reclining in a human-like position with crossed legs and his stylized round head and mane feature uniformly coiled ringlets. These artistic intentions make the “king of the jungle” appealing to all.

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Source

Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series VIII, Cabinet 2 Drawer 3 Folder 8

Date

1957

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Archives.

Relation

VIII-02-03-08

Format

image/jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Pencil drawing

Identifier

VIII.1998.001.309

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Original Format

Pencil drawing

Physical Dimensions

18.5" x 24"

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