The South Bank Lion

I have never understood what is up with the South Bank Lion. His expression is … risible. This is not a naturalistic sculpture. I have never seen a lion with a face like this. His proportions are also wrong. He seems to be a caricature, and perhaps he was meant to be as it originally fronted a Lambeth brewery. I think he looks a bit dim, but we’re all fond of him, just the same.

The South Bank Lion

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