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