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Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures

Barnabas Barrett
1868

Ipswich /  Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures   Ipswich /  Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures

Description

The centre part of the front façade of the town hall breaks forward with an arcade of Corinthian columns on the first storey. Above the three arches are medallions with relief heads of (left to right):
  1. King Richard I the Lionheart (Beaumont Palace 1157 - Chalus 1199), King of England 1189-1199 (Wikipedia).
  2. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (Ipswich c.1471 - Leicester 1530), English statesman (Wikipedia).
  3. King John Lackland (Beaumont Palace 1166 - Newark-on-Trent 1216), King of England 1199-1216 (Wikipedia).

Ipswich / Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures
King Richard I the Lionheart
Ipswich / Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Ipswich / Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures
King John Lackland

These figures were instrumental in Ipswich's history: Cardinal Wolsey founded his college in 1528, during the reign of Richard I Ipswich had begun negotiations for a charter but it was granted by King John on 25 May 1200.

The balustraded parapet above has four female standing figures, representing the sources of the council's prosperity and its major responsibilities (left to right):

  1. Commerce, with cornucopia.
  2. Justice, blindfolded, with sword, presumably once held scales in left hand.
  3. Learning, with scroll and book.
  4. [Agriculture, with scythe and flowers.

Ipswich / Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures
Commerce
Ipswich / Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures
Justice
Ipswich / Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures
Learning
Ipswich / Cardinal Wolsey, Kings Richard I and John, with allegorical figures
Agriculture

Annotation

The old Ipswich Town Hall was given a new Palladian façade by Benjamin Catt in 1818 while the rest of the building was preserved until 1867 when it was completely demolished and replaced by Bellamy and Hardy's new building.

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Tags

  • Agriculture
  • Barrett, Barnabas
  • Cardinal
  • John Lackland
  • Justice (Justitia)
  • Learning
  • Monarch
  • Politician/Statesman
  • Richard I the Lionheart
  • Trade (allegorical figure)
  • Wolsey, Thomas
  • Woman with cornucopia
  • Location (N 52°3'27" - E 1°9'9")

    Item Code: gbee029; Photograph: 1 August 2012
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