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Statues at the General Post Office

William Silver Frith
1896

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Description

The former Leeds General Post Office is built in classical style by architect Sir Henry Tanner. Two figures by William Silver Frith representing 'Reading' and 'Writing' are over one entrance, while 'Reading' and 'Philosophy' are over the other. Four figures above have been said to represent Time, Air, Light and Earth.

Four stone statues at the entrances:

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Left entrance
with in front the statues of James Watt and John Harrison
Right entrance
with in front the statues of Walter Cook and Joseph Priestley (top right is a small statue of an owl)
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Writing
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Reading
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Reading
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Philosophy

Four terracotta statues in the facade:

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Time, woman with a clock
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Air, woman with a he regulator from a steam engine
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Light, woman with a a torch with some slender tool which might be a wire, indicating electric light
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Earth, woman with triangle and scroll

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Air (element)
  • Earth
  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Frith, William Silver
  • Light
  • Owl
  • Philosophy
  • Reading (allegory)
  • Time (allegory)
  • Woman (reading)
  • Writing (allegory)
  • Location (N 53°47'48" - W 1°32'52")

    Item Code: gbyh104; Photograph: 28 July 2019
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