|Zoological Gardens Regents Park. Notice the Clock Tower (weather vane on top) on the right.|
The Clock Tower (1828), designed by Decimus Burton, the zoo's first architect,* appears on many lithographs of the early zoo. It was built to house llamas or camels, but now is used as a first aid station. Almost all of the early 19th century animal houses are considered much too small for animals of any kind today.
|The Clock Tower was designed in 1828 by the early zoo architect, Decimus Burton. The clock was added in 1831. According to the ZSL website,* the building was rebuilt in 1844 as a Gothic house for llamas, and was rebuilt again in 1898.|
|An early lithograph of the Clock Tower by George Scharf (1788-1860), an illustrator for the ZSL, is complete with llamas (although they look like camels to me). Notice the Gothic trim on the side of the building.|
|The Clock Tower is near the bear pit in the center of this print.|
|The Clock Tower is described here as housing camels. Camels are in the same family as llamas, but the London Zoo website says llamas were housed in the clock tower building.|
|Robinson, Wood & Brownfield (1837-1837) "Zoological" soup tureen showing the Clock Tower on the left. Notice the same Gothic trim that is seen in the prints above. (click to make the photo larger)|
The Ravens' Cage (1829) was also designed by Decimus Burton. According to the sign, it was originally used as a summer residence for macaws, and it later housed ravens. It was used recently as a feeding station for sparrows, but it is mainly of historical interest. The cage suffered severe damage during the bombing of London during World War II, and was rebuilt.
|Ravens' Cage, ca. 1829 was designed by Decimus Burton.|
|Ravens' Cage sign|
|The right side of the sign shows an early image of the Ravens' cage (click to make the photo bigger).|
|Robinson, Wood & Brownfield (1837-1837) "Zoological" pepper pot printed with, perhaps, the ravens' cage.|
|Davenport (1794-1887) child's plate "Zoological Gardens, Beaver House Aviary &c." Notice the Ravens' cage on the right behind the tree. (This may not be the Ravens' cage, but wishful thinking got the better of me).|
The East Tunnel (1829-30), designed by Decimus Burton, linked the North and South parts of the zoo for the first time. David and I walked through it in October.
|The East Tunnel at the London Zoo|
|East Tunnel Zoo Sign (once again, I suggest you click on the photo to make it bigger).|
|George Scharf print of the monkey cages and the tunnel (see it on the left).|
|Ralph & James Clews (1814-1834) "Zoological Gardens" 10 inch plate shows the monkey cages, the aviary and the tunnel (see it on the left).|
|Podmore, Walker & Co. (1834-1859) footed bowl. The inside of the bowl shows the aviary, the monkey cages, and the tunnel. The outside of the bowl features the otter cavern.|
|The outside of the "Zoological" footed bowl shows the otter cavern.|
The giraffe house (1836-37) is still used for its original purpose; housing giraffes. According to the ZSL, the zoo "received four giraffes in 1835; one female and three males. Giraffes have occupied the house ever since. Wings were added in 1849-50." There was bomb damage in 1940, so the giraffe house was rebuilt in 1960-63.
|Giraffe House at the London Zoo|
|Giraffe at the London Zoo|
|A newspaper print of the original giraffes at the London Zoo. Notice that the pediment (triangular part above the door) has been removed from the present giraffe house. It was possibly another Victorian addition, and not original to the building.|
|John Ridgway (1830-1841) "Giraffe" 14 inch platter. Read about this pattern in my post titled, not surprisingly, Giraffe.|
I have shown you mainly zoo patterns that feature buildings that are still at the London Zoo; the Clock Tower, the Ravens' Cage, The Tunnel. The Giraffe House only appears on a newspaper print, but the print shows the same giraffes found on the platter above. The platter is copied from a George Scharf (early zoo artist) print, which is seen below.
|George Scharf print of "The Giraffes..."|
There are two series that feature many London Zoo patterns; "Zoological" by Robinson, Wood & Brownfield and "Zoological Gardens" by Ralph & James Clews. Not surprisingly, there are also many zoo patterns found on children's plates. That, however, is a post for another day.
|The Asiatic lion is the one featured in the Bible! Let's preserve him.|
|If you want to know more about the pangolin, the only mammal with scales, see my post on pangolins.|
*Information about the architecture at the zoo can be found here.