21 January 2003
A STAFFORDSHIRE GROUP OF 'THE LION SLAYER'
Modelled as Roualeyn George Gordon-Cumming in plaid kilt and green cloak, a sword in his left hand, a dead lion at his feet, title on the base, mounted as a lamp
16¾in. (42.5cm.) high
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See Pugh, I 607, pl. 4, fig.9, Gordon-Cumming (1820-1866) was a legendary big game hunter with exploits in South Africa and Scotland. After his death his trophies were purchased by the showman, P.T. Barnum.
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