The original sculptor for the four lions that stand at the base of Nelson�s Column died before his work was finished. The commission was then given to Sir Edwin Landseer.
Landseer studied lions and cats before executing his design, it has been suggested that the lions paws are really those of a domestic pussy cat.
The four bronze lions were finally placed in position in January 1868.

Protecting each corner of the column�s base the lions are said to represent and reflect the calm resolve that made Nelson the saviour of his country.

Contemporary photographs by Jeremy Young
Unveiling the lions © Illustrated London News, courtesy of Westminster City Archive







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