The present sculpture (alternatively tilted Linos) is based on the son of Apollo, and the God of Melody and Rhythm. There is a single full-size version in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Liverpool. This large-scale cast (191 cm) was originally shown at the Royal academy in 1884.
Although the sculptor had made his debut in 1875, it was this work which signalled the beginning of his career as one of the foremost artists of the New Sculpture movement. Indeed 1884 represented an important year for sculpture in Britain, in particular for full-sized, bronze statues of youthful male nudes - represented at the Royal Academy that year by Ford’s Linus, Alfred Gilbert’s Icarus, Hamo Thornycroft’s Mower, and Auguste Rodin’s The Age of Bronze.