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Description of the Red Lion sign

Source: Carmarthen Journal 11/04/1890       Date: 1890
Copyright:       Type: Newspaper

While waiting for our party to join us, we entered that well-known hotel, the Red Lion, and indulged in cawl and fresh milk, which was much appreciated by a Londoner like myself. When the rest of our party (and the luncheon) at length arrived they found us standing on the road opposite the afore-mentioned house, quite overcome, not so much by the cawl and milk as by the extreme beauty of the sign of the hotel. A blood-red lion is depicted, descending apparently from nowhere the fore shortening of the picture is, to say the least, remarkable. The head is of an enormous size, the hind quarters being lost in the dim distance. The countenance is admirably portrayed, and bears a look of weird melancholy. One can almost imagine one is encountering the savage beast in his native home. Few can gaze on this picture without a shudder whether this is caused by the realistic nature of the design or the artistic merit of the picture it is hard to say. Having at length torn ourselves away from this wonderful work of art, we proceeded on our way to the Abbey.
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Red Lion Hotel , Pontrhydfendigaid