Huggins's Study of a Lion sold for £3,450 at Christie's London, 8 April 1998, lot 88.
William Huggins was a Liverpool animal and landscape painter, whose devotion to animals found expression in his carefully observed paintings and drawings, often taken from creatures in the zoo, and in a house full of exotic pets. He became an associate of the Liverpool Academy in 1847 and a member in 1850, and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1842 and 1875. Further works were shown at the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists. In oils he developed a characteristic technique of painting in pale, transparent colours over a white ground. He also painted historical subjects involving animals, such as 'Daniel in the Lion's Den'.