- Year created: c. 1600
- Creator: Attributed to Barthélemy Prieur
- Country of Origin: France
- Dimensions: Statuette height: 29.2 cm
- Collection: Works of Art
- Gallery: Sixteenth Century Gallery
The theme of a man performing a handstand is unprecedented in sculpture. The sixteenth-century French sculptor, Barthélemy Prieur, brilliantly captured the balance of the posture in the angle of the legs, and the backwards, off-centre turn of the head.
Said to have been Sir Richard Wallace’s last purchase, he bought this statuette in 1888, two years before his death.