The Coade Lion

William Frederick Woodington (1806-1893)


Coade Stone

The south side of Westminster Bridge, London

[The Coade Lion in its larger setting]

The Coade Lion, made at the Coade factory and originally painted red, once crowned the parapet of the Lion Brewery beside the Hungerford Bridge. Here Emile Zola was amused to see it "poised in mid-air," making a special trip to revisit it during his exile in England in the late 1890s. He referred to it fondly as "my lion" (qtd. in Vizetelly 50) [continued below].

Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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