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The Lion in Love is a cautionary tale of Greek origin which was counted among Aesop's Fables and is numbered 140 in the Perry Index. Its present title is a translation of the one given by Jean de la Fontaine after he retold it in his fables. Since then it has been treated frequently by artists.
A lion falls in love with a peasant's daughter and asks the father's permission to marry her. Unwilling to refuse outright, the man sets the condition that the animal should first have its claws clipped and its teeth filed. When the lion complies, the man clubs it to death, or in milder accounts simply drives it away, since it now can no longer defend itself.
The moral being that Love can blind even the wildest.
Here the artist shows a beautiful woman being pursued by a rather portly, large nose and double chinned, but no doubt wealthy, Gentleman. His Physical appearance resembling that of a Lion himself.
|Height||26.50 cm||(10.43 inches)|
|Width||22.00 cm||(8.66 inches)|