1891 – Lioness and Cubs


“Lioness and Cubs” – by Harrison Weir, is a full page book plate image, taken from “Animals and their Young”, by Harland Coultas, and published by S.W.Partridge & Co, in 1891. This tender study of a Lioness and her litter of playful cubs, resonates with an incredible juxtaposition, of quiet, confident power in the Lioness, and the carefree, playful context of the cubs, appearing untroubled,  safe and active. The drawing is imbued with the balance between fear and respect for the wild. We view this seemingly calm domestic scene, through the eyes of the naturalist, interested in showing us a glimpse of the truth in nature. Likewise, reminiscent of a “still” shot, taken from a modern documentary, we get to see a moment in the life of these beautiful and confident cubs of the “King of Beasts”, during play.  An ideal gift for the lover of the “big cats”.

The original engraved wooden block, from which this image was printed, now forms part of our permanent collection of Harrison Weir ephemera.

Prints currently available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.


Detail: Lioness and Cubs, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover

Detail: 1891 – Lioness and Cubs                                          Book Cover:  Animals and their Young, by Harland Coultas

Detail: Lioness and Cubs, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Lioness and Cubs, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1891 – Lioness and Cubs                                        (Last detail, with artist’s signature in plate)

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