The Sleeping Shepherd Boy by John Gibson

The first life-size figure modelled by Gibson in Rome as a pupil of Canova; in the neoclassical tradition.


Marble Dimensions: 112 x 104 x 55 cm
Art Fund grant:
£7,500 ( Total: £48,000)
Acquired in:

This example was the second commission in marble, done for Algernon Percy, Lord Prudhoe (later 4th Duke of Northumberland) before 1841. Statue on a rectangular marble pedestal, with an inscription in bronze letters on the front 'REPOSE', 1818-1819.


Lord Prudhoe, Stanwick Park, Yorkshire; Dukes of Northumberland, Syon Park, Middlesex; Christie's 29/9/88, lot 307.

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery Liverpool William Brown Street, Liverpool Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199

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