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Poring over the brochure for the Kathleen Ewing Gallery’s “In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb,” I was completely flummoxed: The write-up promised images by eight photographers, as well as “vintage 19th century” and “early 20th century” works. I didn’t understand how so many pieces could be crammed into the Ewing’s tiny space—and I didn’t detect any organizing principle at work. When I went to the gallery in person, however, I discovered that “Lion/Lamb” is one of the most charmingly quirky photographic shows I’ve ever seen. The gallery has covered almost every available wall surface with images (51 in all) of—surprise—lions and lambs. Nothing is too esoteric to qualify: hand-tinted postcards from the 1910s, sterograph images, casual snapshots, even a combination photograph-and-letter keepsake from a family farm. Standouts among the “real” art photographs include a moody image by 1920s Welsh pictorialist Aubrey G. Raymond, Rosalind Salomon’s strange posed shot of a lamb suckling at a woman’s breast (pictured), three spooky images of animal toys by Larry Gianettino, Frank Lavelle’s long-exposure image of galloping lambs in Ireland, and a pair of digital ink-jet constructions by Joe Cameron that feature matching lion and lamb animal crackers. The lambs in the exhibit are fleecy and universally adorable, but the lions become somewhat tedious, because so many of them are urban sculptures. That’s OK, though. When was the last time you tried to take a lion’s portrait? The exhibit is on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, to Saturday, April 28, at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 328-0955. (Louis Jacobson)