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Thomas Milnes's stone sculptures, which were originally designed to complement Nelson's Column, are symbolic and therefore highly differentiated in their poses. They couch on their pedestals in a natural way. Landseer's lions, cast in bronze, are almost the same as each other, and all four are rather stiffly posed on their granite plinths. Although Milnes lost the commission, his lions found a home in Titus Salt's model mill village, Saltaire in Yorkshire. In their final versions they are considerably smaller than Landseer's, being eight feet long instead of twenty feet. — JB

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