Vintage lion watercolor that was included in an 1857 book entitled Animals : their pictures, habits, and uses. The drawings were provided by Harrison Weir (1824 – 1906). I suspect the colorization was done by another artist after the plates were created from Weir’s work.
So majestic is this grand fellow as he stands as if posing for a portrait. Nose to the wind, he stands among the grasses on a plateau. His mane appears to be flowing in a breeze and this king of beasts is surely deserving of that name.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.