Allegorical Figures of Industry and Agriculture
Type Sculpture , Statue
This pediment sculpture contains the figures of Industry, represented as a male figure with a sledge hammer, and Agriculture, represented as a female figure holding a bundle of wheat. Both figures are bare chested and wear classical drapery. Behind the figure of Industry there is a beehive, a traditional symbol of a bank; in heraldry, bees themselves symbolise a well-governed industry. The figures are seated either side of a cartouche bearing a date, a caduceus and embellishments of holly leaves. The secondary entrance to the bank has a sculpted goat's head upon a keystone.
The building was formerly the National Provincial Bank of England, and before that, the County of Stafford Bank.
Within the cartouche beween the two figures: ESTBD/1833 (this refers to the date of the bank's founding, not the date of the building)
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