Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hungry lion waits 'til I get just a little closer.

Edward Clark Potter sculpted these two iconic lions for the New York Public Library's 42nd street branch. Their names are Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, Lady Astor and Lord Leonox, or Patience and Fortitude depending on the era in which you read about them. (Even though both lions are male, I'm sure Lady Astor would have taken it as a compliment.)

Supposedly, Potter is best known for equestrian sculptures, but our library is such a central part of our city that we only know him for his felidae sculputures.

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