Lion was bought by Harlow Art Trust in 1957 and built into a wall in the Rivermill area. It was stolen in 1987.
The artist Barye was born in Paris in 1796. He attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In 1869 he made four large animal groups for the gardens at the Palais de Longchamps in Marseilles. Barye died in Paris in 1875.