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HSBC lions Burgess, Clark and Whittard + HSBC lions

Sculpture: HSBC lions

Erection date: 2002


{Plaque attached to the plinth supporting the lion to the west:}
These two lion sculptures at HSBC's worldwide headquarters were cast by Bronze Age Foundry, Limehouse, London, in 2002. The lions are exact replicas of the two sculptures by W. W. Wagstaff, commissioned in 1935 for the Hong Kong office of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. A similar pair of lions, modelled by the sculptor Henry Poole in 1923, for many years guarded the bank's Shanghai office.

{Inscribed on the base of the sculpture, at the tail end:}
W. W. Wagstaff, sculptor, 1935
Cast by Bronze Age, 2002

This pair of lions have an interesting history - closely connected to the HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company Limited) head office. Wikipedia gives them a page all to themselves.

The story starts when, inspired by the lions outside the Venetian Arsenal, Alexander Stephen, Chief Manager of the Shanghai HSBC, commissioned a pair of lions for his 1923 building. These were cast by J W Singer & Sons in England, to a design by Henry Poole, and are now in the Shanghai Municipal History Museum (with 1997 replicas outside the bank) . We found images of them here. The lions quickly became popular landmarks and were given nicknames, after managers of the Shanghai bank: Stephen is depicted roaring, Stitt quiescent.

Inspired by the Shanghai lions HSBC commissioned another pair of lions for its new 1935 headquarters in Hong Kong. These lions were by Shanghai-based William Wagstaff and were modelled on, but are not copies of the Shanghai lions. The building was rebuilt in 1985 and the lions are still on guard.

Our two lions are copies of the Hong Kong lions and were commissioned from sculptor Mark Kennedy for this 2002 HSBC Canada Square building.

Site: Burgess, Clark and Whittard + HSBC lions (2 memorials)

E14, Canada Square

The building in the background is 8 Canada Square, HSBC's London head office, and the building on which the 3 construction workers lost their lives.

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Bronze Age Ltd

Casting foundry based at the Limehouse Basin. It provides a service to artist...

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Mark Kennedy

Zambian-born New Zealand sculptor active in 2002.  Kennedy owns and runs the ...

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William Wagstaff

William Wheatley Wagstaff. Sculptor, architectural sculptor, stone carver, sc...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Burgess, Clark and Whittard

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