Frink created her first boar in 1957 as a commission for Harlow New Town. Originally in concrete, it later broke and was re-cast in bronze. This was a new departure for the artist and may have had root in stories of hunts in India or been suggested by pictures. This initial prototype was based on photographs and imagination. However, it was to become a motif she returned to throughout the 60s and on into the 1970s. Later though, as a regular visitor to France, she had the opportunity to study the creatures firsthand and develop the theme.
A similar version of a boar by Frink measuring just 6 1/2 inches was sold in these rooms on 18 November 2009 (lot 6) fetching £38,400 (estimate £20,000-30,000).