HIGHGATE CEMETERY, London. A snow covered, marble statue of a sleeping lion. The statue, lying on top of George Wombwells tomb in Highgate Cemetery depicts Nero his pet lion. Photographed by John Gay in 1984
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print transports us to the serene Highgate Cemetery in London. Amidst a blanket of snow, we are drawn to the striking marble statue of a sleeping lion perched atop George Wombwells tomb. The craftsmanship is exquisite, with every detail meticulously carved into the stone. This magnificent sculpture tells a tale of loyalty and companionship as it depicts Nero, George Wombwells' beloved pet lion. The contrast between the pristine white snow and the darkened cemetery creates an ethereal atmosphere that is both haunting and beautiful. It evokes a sense of tranquility amidst the cold winter landscape, inviting contemplation and reflection. Photographed by John Gay in 1984, this image captures not only the artistry of this remarkable statue but also serves as a reminder of our own mortality. The presence of nature's elements - snow covering both statue and tomb - symbolizes the passage of time and how even in death, life continues to thrive. As we gaze upon this photograph print from Historic England, we cannot help but be moved by its timeless beauty. It serves as a poignant reminder that art has the power to transcend generations, allowing us to connect with history on an emotional level.
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