In 1913 Gaudier-Brzeska made a carving in Seravezza marble of a sleeping fawn. Like the 'Crouching Fawn' displayed nearby, this was developed from life drawings. Gaudier made a number of such drawings on the same day. The work shown here is a plaster cast based on the original marble. It is among his more naturalistic works, and one of several 'Fawn' sculptures he made. At the celebratory dinner held for the launch of the Vorticist magazine 'Blast' on 15 July 1914, Gaudier could not afford the 10 shilling fee and so paid Ezra Pound with a small 'Fawn' statuette instead.