Leonardo’s Dog II by Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A is up for auction at Bonhams today as part of Paintings in Hospitals fundraising efforts.

This sculpture was inspired by the stone dogs that guard the entrance to the Château de Cloux (now Château du Clos Lucé) near Amboise in France, the last home of Leonardo da Vinci before he died in 1519. Created in the penultimate year of Frink’s life, Leonardo’s Dog II, is a fitting tribute to her love affair with all types of animals over a four decade long career.

Leonardo's Dog II by Elisabeth Frink. This sculpture has been deaccessioned from the Paintings in Hospitals collection and is up for auction to raise funds for the charity.

Frink (1930-1993) was one of the leading British sculptors of her generation, capable of investing her works with an uncanny presence. It is difficult to appreciate when looking at a picture of Leonardo’s Dog II just how solid and three-dimensional the sculpture is but the photo with some members of the Paintings in Hospitals team at Bonhams in New Bond Street might give you an idea!

Paintings in Hospitals staff and trustees at Bonhams in New Bond Street, London.

Bonhams’ Modern British Art auction is this afternoon, Wednesday 22nd November, at 3pm. The funds raised from selling this sculpture will go to our charity to ensure that we continue to positively impact the lives of patients, carers, the socially isolate and communities across the country.