Doing some casual swotting on architects and London, I found this drawing, which I recognised as being the so-called Lion Gate at Syon Park, Isleworth, just up the road: I’ve driven past it hundreds of times. It’s sometimes referred to as a screen and you’ll find very little information on it, even on Syon Park’s own web site. But it’s by Robert Adam, from 1769. He also decorated many of rooms at the house.
And here it is, this afternoon: the pixels are still wet. You can see it’s very much the same as Adam’s drawing. The only real difference is that Adam’s lion has a realistic wavy tail, whereas on the actual gate, the lion has the bizarre-looking stiff horizontal tail, the emblem of the Percy family, who have owned the estate for many centuries.
Overall, the gate appears to be in good condition, but could do with a little TLC to bring it up to scratch. Perhaps the Duke of Northumberland might invest a little from the new Waldorf Astoria hotel which was opened on the estate last year.