The architectural sculpture on the front of the Middlesex Guildhall, Architect: J. S. Gibson and Partners, Portland Stone, 1906-1913, features two parts:
A deep figured, relief frieze above and to the sides of the entrance extending over canted bay-towers.
Three parts show:
Between the three parts of the frieze are two niches with statues:
- (left) King John with the Barons at Runnymede, where he affixed his seal to the Magna Carta. The King, looking suitably flattened, is flanked by two churchmen. The accompanying figures are two bishops, the barons and their pages and some monks.
- (central), Henry III, standing on the left, grants a charter to the Abbey of Westminster, with church and abbey hierarchy and acolytes in attendance.
- (right) Lady Jane Grey being offered the crown by her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland. Her husband stands next to her. These three would all be considered traitors, and beheaded — a scene chosen, perhaps, as a warning
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- left: Prudence, a woman with a tower and a key,
- right: Justice, a woman with a sword (or is it Reason, compare the statue at the the back entrance.
Above the arch over the main entry, is a sculpture groups of nine women in niches showing Britannia supported by the spirits of architecture, literature, government, sculpture, music, truth, law, and seafaring:
At the top stands a Saint George.
- Architecture with a tower,
- Literature with an open book,
- Government with orb and sceptre,
- Sculpture with a statue,
- Britannia, the central figure with sword and shield,
- Music with a lyra,
- Truth, with a lamp, she is blindfolded
- Law, with a scroll
- Seafaring, with a ship
- Henry Charles Fehr FRBS (Forest Hill, London, 1867 - London 1940),
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Locatie (N 51°30'1" - W 0°7'40") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: gblo038; Photograph: 3 August 2014
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