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Lady Justice

Edward Sheppard
1880

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Description

Stone statue of a seated Lady Justice with sword and (missing) scales, on top of the pediment of the Old Magistrate's Court Petty Sessions, built in 1879 by Josiah Thomas.

Mr. E. Sheppard, the well-known sculptor of Paul-street, St. Paul’s, Bristol, has just completed for the new Police-courts, in Bridewell-street in that city, a colossal statue of Justice, to be placed over the portico, about 20 feet from the ground. Though in a sitting posture it is between six and seven feet high, and there are few statues of such large proportions on any public buildings in the city. It is carved out of white Portland stone, and weighs nearly two tons. The figure, which is from an original design by Mr. Sheppard, is highly spoken of. The sculptor is well known in Trowbridge, and many of our large buildings, notably St. Thomas’s Church, furnish examples of his artistic treatment. County Court. (Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser, February 1880).

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e. sheppard (almost unreadable).

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