A Boy Defending a Baby from an Eagle oil painting by Frederic Leighton at the age of 20

made out of oil paint and canvas around 1850

49.5 x 50 cms (191/4 x 191/2 ins)

Leighton House Museum London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

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