|Enhanced from Library of Congress|
|Is this Charlottesville Lion really from Monticello?|
|1905 photo magnified West Portico Entry, Library of Congress.|
|1914 Levy Lions w/ Shields South Path, Library of Congress|
|1905 South Path, Library of Congress|
|Images found on google of the Cheekwood Lion Pair|
Not quite saturated, I found this interesting photo of similar Lions purchased around the same time, http://www.libraries.uc.edu/liblog/2011/12/13/the-estimable-mr-hoffner/. It appears it was popular to reproduce these famous Lions as they stood for courage, majesty, and strength.
My research leaves me with many unanswered questions. Where are the Lions with the Shields? Where did the Charlottesville Lion come from? Did any Lions go straight to the Junkyard from an unsuccessful auction? Did Belle Meade ever have any Lions and if so which pair? Who is the artist?
If anyone has any information about the Levy Lions, please leave a comment on my blog. I would love to know more.
Otherwise it may be time to forward to the History Detectives...