National Recording Project


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

Bank of England, Britannia (Statue), Bullion Court


Type Relief

     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.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Cheere, Henry Sculptor
Taylor, Robert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Britannia Portland Stone and iron (spear) c. 276 (H)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Bank of England - Bullion Court
Precise location None
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design c. 1734 or c. 1745
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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