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Lion Hunt

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Beginning in the fifteenth century, Western artists were fascinated by the mystery and exoticism of the Middle East. In 1832, Delacroix made a lengthy trip to Morocco, Algeria, and Spain that provided lasting inspiration for his work. Lion Hunt, painted almost thirty years later, reflects this...

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Lower right: Eug. Delacroix 1858


March 30, 1863, anonymous sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 9, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, for 4,700 francs; 1867, sold by Durand-Ruel to Mr. Adolph Edward Borie (b. 1809-d. 1880), Philadelphia; 1880, by descent to his wife, Mrs. Adolph Edward Borie (née Elizabeth Dundas McKean; b. 1816-d. 1886), Philadelphia; probably sold from the Borie collection to Erwin Davis, New York; March 19, 1889, Erwin Davis sale, Fifth Avenue Art Galleries, New York, lot 143. 1895, Durand-Ruel, New York; sold by Durand-Ruel to the MFA for $21,000. (Accession Date: March 1, 1895)

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S. A. Denio Collection—Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income



91.7 x 117.5 cm (36 1/8 x 46 1/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas