I modelled the Lying Bull sculpture to represent the fictional Ferdinand the bull, represented in the famous story. When he was young Ferdinand did not enjoy butting heads with other young bulls. Instead he preferred to lie under the trees smelling the flowers. When he grew up, Ferdinand turned out to be the largest and strongest of the young bulls. All the other bulls dreamt of being chosen to compete in the bullfight in Madrid, but Ferdinand still preferred smelling the flowers instead.

One day, five men come to the pasture to choose a bull for the fights. Ferdinand was on his own when he accidentally sat on a bee. Upon getting stung he ran wildly across the field, snorting and stamping. Mistaking Ferdinand for a mad bull, the men renamed him “Ferdinand the Fierce” and took him away to be killed in the ring in Madrid.

All the beautiful ladies of Madrid turned out to see the handsome matador fight “Ferdinand the Fierce”. However, when Ferdinand was led into the ring, he was delighted by the sweet smell of the flowers in the ladies’ hair. He lay down in the middle of the ring to enjoy them, upsetting all the people who’d come to see the fight. Ferdinand was then sent back to his pasture, where to this day he is still lying happily smelling the flowers.

10% of the proceeds from this bronze animal sculpture support the All Creatures Great and Small animal charity.

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Dimensions & Sizing

Metric –  H: 8 W: 16 D: 6 centimetres

Imperial –  H: 3 W: 6 D: 2 inches

(Height / Width / Depth)


Foundry Bronze Edition:  Open (Unlimited)

Bronze Resin Edition:  Open (Unlimited)

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Which Material to Choose

Bronze Resin – bronze metal powder is mixed with a resin to create the appearance of foundry bronze metal, but is more affordable and lightweight.

Foundry Bronze  – refers to the poured molten metal that is cast solid or hollow, depending on size, at a bronze foundry (using the traditional lost wax process). It is more robust and will appreciate in value.

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Sculpture Description, Bases & Fixings

This bronze Lying Bull statue bears Tanya’s signature and unique edition number. Your casting of the Bull sculpture will be personally approved and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

This elegant Lying Bull statue is sculpted by artist Tanya Russell, who is well known for her life-like wildlife and animal sculptures. Tanya has a passion for improving the welfare of the animals she sculpts and 10% of all proceeds from the Bull statue will go to the ‘David Shepherd Wildlife Trust’, a charity that fights for greater legal protection of endangered species.

The Lying Bull is an open edition sculpture, and your piece will be a superb recreation of the original bronze Lying Bull sculpture from a mould.

If you would like this statue to be mounted on a stone or wooden base, please contact me for a quote.

How The Sculpture Was Made

The Lying Bull sculpture was modelled in wax, over a steel and aluminium armature for support. After the statue was finished a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.

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Delivery & Returns

The delivery costs of your sculpture are calculated once you add a sculpture to your bag. Contact us for other delivery options like collection or express delivery for bulky sculptures.

International delivery is available. If you are an international buyer, you may need to pay local customs duties or taxes when importing a sculpture into your country. This most often applies to more valuable sculptures.

Your local customs and taxes are not prepaid for you.

If you contact us we can try to estimate them for you. Sculpture that is broken in transit to you may be returned, and a replacement sculpture will be sent to you, at no further cost. If no replacement is available, we will cast a new one for you, or offer you a refund.

Client Testimonials

“Ferdinand has arrived. Thank you. I am sure David will like him as much as I do.”

Beryl, (Buyer)

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Maintenance & Security

Take a look at our information pages for detailed guidance on:

Maintaining your sculpture – how to clean your bronze bull statue

Animal Sculpture

Commission A Bespoke Animal Sculpture

If you would like to commission a made-to-order animal sculpture, first of all I recommend looking at the information about bespoke sculptures on my animal commissions page. In particular, this should help guide you on sizing and possibly pricing.

Afterwards, please contact me about your idea.