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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Allegorical Pediment Group and bas reliefs of Blood Letting, Guy's Hospital, St. Thomas St.


Type Relief , Sculpture

     The main façade of the West Wing has a central, five-bay frontispiece with pilasters at each end and four attached columns between, all Ionic, over a rusticated base containing three round-arched entrances. The frontispiece has three zones of sculpture: a pediment group; three bas reliefs beneath the central second floor windows; and two statues in the niches at first floor level in the end bays. The bas-relief panels are as follows: that on the left depicts a cherub holding a leech, the one in the middle, one with a tourniquet and that on the right, a cherub with a lancet in one hand and in the other a multi-bladed scarificator. The whole sculptural programme, including the two niche statues (see entry below) was intended to symbolise the art of healing.
     Bacon was paid a total of £500 for the relief panels and pediment sculpture in two payments of £200 and £300 on 16 October 1777 and 16 June 1778 respectively.

Related works : see CLSK89

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bacon, John Sen. Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculptures Portland Stone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Don't know
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road St. Thomas St.
Precise location At the rear of the main entrance forecourt
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 1777-78
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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