Bank of England, Britannia (Statue), Bullion Court
Uncertain authorship disputed between Taylor and Cheere.
This is a seated figure, engaged with the wall behind her, so technically speaking a very high relief. It is an unusual representation of Britannia. Instead of a shield with the Union Jack, she holds a small cartouche with the Royal arms. She also holds the conventional spear, but her head is not helmeted. Instead it is crowned with laurel. From a cornucopia at her side pours a torrent of coin. The figure originally occupied the centre of the pediment of the Great Hall or Pay Hall, standing on the North side of the courtyard of the first Bank building, designed by George Sampson.
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