Panther and Cubs

Artist: Henry Kirke Brown (American, Leyden, Massachusetts 1814–1886 Newburgh, New York)

Date: ca. 1850–55

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 9 7/8 x 18 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. (25.1 x 47.3 x 19.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Gifts in memory of James R. Graham, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.372


“Panther and Cubs” is derived from Brown’s un-located group “Indian and Panther” (known from photographs), in which a well-muscled figure is poised to strike a snarling panther with a club. For this statuette, Brown added three cubs recoiling from the eliminated, thus unseen, aggressor. The attention to detail, especially in the richly rendered fur, and the emphasis on emotion ushered in a new era of naturalism in American sculpture in the mid-nineteenth century.