The Guéret Museum of Art and Archeology also keeps in its collections a bronze edition of this roaring lion, bequeathed to the museum in 1954 by an art collector.
Born in 1851 in the Meuse region, Prosper Lecourtier is an animal sculptor who inherited know-how and taste for wildlife from his master Emmanuel Frémiet. He exhibited at the Salon of French Artists from 1875 and will be present until his death in 1924.
He was awarded a 3rd class medal at the 1880 Salon, a 2nd class medal in 1897, a bronze medal at the 1900 World's Fairand a 1st class medal at the 1902 Salon.
At the Salon of 1908, he is out of competition and presents a gilded bronze group entitled "Storm" and a bronze "Lion", perhaps the model of our roaring lions. The previous year, he had presented a bronze lioness.
A Lion descending from a rock, a marble statuette made around 1900 and bequeathed to the French State in 1909 by the art collector Alfred Chauchard, is currently preserved in the collections of the Orsay Museum in Paris.