The Cooper Rose in Sunderland has undergone a 2.2 million pound refit and I was commissioned to paint my version of Wallace the Lion.  Wallace was a captive lion and performed in the winter gardens in the 1800s.  The museum has displayed Wallace since 1879. 

I called my version Wild Wallace, what I would like to think he'd look like in his prime, and more importantly, Wild.  I included a couple of discrete battle scars, as he was a handful when he was at Sunderland, I can't see why that'd be any different if he were wild.
If you find yourself in the Cooper Rose, I'd love to see #SelfieswithWallace!

Joanne, Joanne Rowland Art


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