The shape was not English, it was unmistakably Venetian.
The description was just about what I'd expected:
Of course there was an absence of any mention of Venice.
I guess the British were busy celebrating, having scored one against Napoleon - can't say I blame 'em.
Then I took a good look at the actual statue:
Mhmm, no book.
They captured Corfu, snagged the lion, but managed to come away without the book (either that or it was out for cleaning today).
This statue us not a small one. I realize that the photo doesn't offer much to figure out the scale, but I can tell you that the lion looked to me like it was about the same size as a real lion.
He does seem to have an odd shaped mouth, but then I'm really no expert on Venetian Lions.
As I was walking out of the place,
I noticed over the door...another Lion!
I couldn't find any description on this one,
but there was no mistaking it - the piece was either from Venice,
or from somewhere that had been controlled by Venice.