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The Father of the Lions and that Lion's Father

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Friday, 8 April 2011

The Father of the Lions and that Lion's Father

After an interesting comment on a previous lion post by ChrisP yesterday, I went off in search of the stone original of the lions in Dover Street and elsewhere. Just as Chris said, there it was at the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Old Brompton Road. Thank you again for the information.

As I was in the area, I went off to get a picture of the Stevens statue on the South facade of the V&A. En route I passed this!

Yes, yet another version, this one larger than the Dover Street and the Law Society lions. He is one of several, high up on the railings outside the Natural History Museum on Cromwell Road. A couple of minutes later and I was at the V&A.

This is the creator of the lions, Alfred Stevens (1817-75) portrayed by James Gamble, looking out onto Cromwell Road from the V&A. I felt quite pleased by now, I had snapped the original lion, another related lion on a prestigious institution's railings and the statue of their creator. So I wandered home, via a pub and saw this.


A modern concrete copy of the same lion, one of a pair, guarding the entrance to a garage in Chelsea. I feel sure I will be seeing more of the same now I have started this! I will post only the notable ones.

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2 Comments:

At 24 May 2011 at 13:13 , Anonymous vijay shukla said...

As per me It’s very difficult to judge someone’s professional work without doing that. So comparing you with a School bus driver is not fair.

 
At 25 May 2011 at 05:31 , Blogger Peter Berthoud said...

Thank you Vijay. Glad that I am not to be compared to a School bus driver. It wouldn't suit me, I don't drive! I had a look at your site and see now why you are interested in fountains. Very interesting.

 

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