Animals


Alfred, the British Museum lion


When the British Museum needed some new railings in 1852, lions were chosen to decorate them. A sculptor called Alfred Stevens made the lions, copying a cat that belonged to a friend of his - real lions don't sit up like this. 25 of Alfred's lions were made.

This tour illustrates the different relationships human beings have had with animals across time, through 6 objects on display in the British Museum.