The flawed lions of Trafalgar Square

There is a bizarre story behind the making of the bronze lions in Trafalgar Square!


In 1858, the lions were commissioned to Sir Edwin Landseer. He worked very slowly and took  four years just to do some sketchings.

He spent hours studying the habits of lions at the London Zoo, and even asked for a dead one – he had to wait two years for a lion to die – so he could take it over to his studio and put in the desired pose.

He then started making drawings and little sculptures, but the lion was decomposing and had to go before he was finished, so he had to improvise the final details.

If you look closely, you can notice that the lions in Trafalgar Square have paws of cats.

The lions were finally installed in 1867.


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