“Man-Size in Marble” (1893)
Edith Nesbit (writer).
Read in 2017.
There are a few nice descriptions, and the use “pussy” as a term of endearment is amusingly prominent, but the premiss is too thinly applied.
References here: “An Episode of Cathedral History” (1919).
Viewed 2019-10-19. Ugly in unsafe old browsers.