The Lion of England

James Arthur Woodford, RA, OBE (1893-1976)


Portland stone

Kew Gardens

This is one of the ten "Queen's Bests" outside the Palm House in Kew Gardens. According to the nearby plaque shown on the left here, "the crowned golden lion of England has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the accession of James I in 1603. The shield shows the Royal Arms as they have been borne since Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837." [Commentary continues below.]

  • Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Photograph 2006 and text 2018 by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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