At mid-century in 1856 comes “Androcles and the Lion” by the English artist Alexander Davis Cooper (1820–95).
There a young man in Arab dress looks towards the viewer as he walks across a desert landscape with his hand in the lion’s mane.
The later retelling, "Of the Remembrance of Benefits", in the Gesta Romanorum (Deeds of the Romans) of about 1330 in England, has a mediaeval setting and again makes the protagonist a knight.
In the earliest English printed collection of Aesop's Fables by William Caxton, the tale appears as The lyon & the pastour or herdman and reverts to the story of a shepherd who cares for the wounded lion.
He is later convicted of a crime and taken to Rome to be thrown to the wild beasts, only to be recognised and defended from the other animals by the one that he tended.