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Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents

James Bubb
1811

Bristol /  Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents   Bristol /  Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents

Description

The Commercial Rooms, built 1810-11, 'The building a fair specimen of the taste of the architect, Mr. Busby. In t he centre of the principal front is a portico of the Grecian Ionic order, supporting a pediment, which is surmounted by three statues, executed by Mr. Bubb, personifying the City, Commerce, and Navigation; - and under the portico is an alto-relief icprcsenting Britannia, attended by Neptune and Minerva receiving tributes from the four Quarters of the World.' (Bristol Mirror, 5 October 1811).

Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents
Commerce
Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents
The City of Bristol
Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents
Navigation

Inside the porch is a relief depicting Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the four quarters of the globe. Because of the columns and a big lantern, it is impossible to make a overview photo.

Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents
America, depicted by a woman with a feathered headpiece, carrying a plant; Asia with a vase. In the background a lama and a camel respectively.
Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents
Britannia, seated in the centre, flanked by the other Neptune (left) and Minerva (right).
Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents
Bristol - Britannia, Neptune and Minerva receiving tribute from the continents
Europe, carrying a bowl overflowing with fruit and flowers and a rudder; Africa, carrying a tusk of ivory, with a lion in the background.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Athena / Minerva
  • Bristol (personification)
  • Britannia
  • Bubb, James
  • Continents
  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Navigation
  • Neptune / Poseidon
  • Trade (allegorical figure)
  • Location (N 51°27'15" - W 2°35'39")

    Item Code: gbsw043; Photograph: 21 March 2019
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