- Frederic, Lord Leighton 1830–1896
- Object: 508 × 225 × 159 mm
- Presented by Lady Aberconway 1940
This is the third and final sculpture which Frederic Leighton produced, the others being the more heroic male nudes An Athlete Wrestling with a Python 1877 and The Sluggard 1885. The subject here is a child frightened by a toad, but Leighton is mainly interested in capturing the gentle contours of the figure. When Needless Alarms was shown at the Royal Academy it was much admired, especially by the painter John Everett Millais, who acquired a cast of it.
Gallery label, November 2016
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