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Victoria Embankment 60 (EC4)
(City of London School)

Sculptures at the City of London School

J. Daymond & Son
1882

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Description

Building said to be in the Italian Renaissance style (but actually in a high Victorian style with a steep pitched roof resembling that of a French chateau), designed by Davis and Emanuel and constructed by John Mowlem & Co. On the front of the building are five statues, "the first four emphasising the schools literary and scientific traditions, the last being a religious martyr, a famous lawyer, and the author of Utopia":
    Facing Embankment, from left to right:
  1. BACON - Sir Francis Bacon (London 1561 - Highgate, Middlesex 1626), English philosopher and statesman (Wikipedia).
  2. SHAKSPEARE - William Shakespeare (Stratford-upon-Avon 1564 - id. 1616), English poet and playwright (Wikipedia).
  3. MILTON. - John Milton (1608-1674), English poet, polemicist, and man of letters (Wikipedia).
  4. NEWTON - Sir Isaac Newton, (Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincoln, 1643 - Kensington, 1727), English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian (Wikipedia)..

    Facing Carpenter Street:

  5. MORE - Sir Thomas More (London 1478 - London 1535), English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist (Wikipedia).

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The top floor windows are flanked by pairs of allegorical women, showing the different subjects of study:
  1. geometry - mathematics
  2. drawing - music
  3. classics - poetry
  4. sacred history - ancient history
  5. chemistry - mechanics

    Facing Carpenter Street:

  6. history - literature
  7. elocution - law

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Signature

daymond

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Daymond & Son, J.
  • Drawing
  • Elocution
  • Geometry
  • History (allegory)
  • Law (allegory)
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (allegory)
  • Mechanics
  • Milton, John
  • More, Thomas
  • Music (allegory)
  • Newton, Isaac
  • Philosopher
  • Physicist
  • Poetry (allegory)
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Writer / poet
  • Location (N 51°30'40" - W 0°6'21")

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