Created by sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye, the lion was a gift of art collector William Walters to the city of Baltimore. Seated Lion
is a replica, the original being in the Tuileres Gardens in France.
Sculpted in 1846, Mount Vernon’s statue is a reproduction dedicated in
1885. Barye also created the four statues surrounding the Washington Monument. The base of the lion has Barye’s birth and death dates. Henri Crenier’s Boy With Turtle sculpture is behind the Barye Lion.