This is the suit Percy wore whilst on an expedition to the Congo and when he was attacked by a Lion. It is connected to Kent because the lion attack was a huge event in this area; it was recorded in newspapers and Percy was often asked to recall the event at dinners and talks. It has also been chosen because it illustrates the kit of a Victorian Explorer.
Percy Powell-Cotton wore the suit during a lion hunt whilst in the Congo in 1906. Having shot the lion, Percy followed it into the bush, where it attacked him. Percy was saved by a copy of ‘Punch’ magazine that was tucked into the waistband of his trousers and prevented the lion mauling him. One of his gun bearers then shot the lion, which was later turned into the famous taxidermy display ‘the lion and the buffalo’. Percy’s suit was never washed and still shows the rips and blood from the encounter.
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