National Recording Project


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

Allegory of Painting


Type Statue

     Young female nude figure standing in a niche with her weight on her right leg. Her attribute, a palette, is behind her and is signifying painting. The formal serenity of this figure alludes to painting as an art of 'silent music'. She is standing in a motionless position, with little variation in representing musculature. Not plump but rounded, like ripe fruit, she has close affinities with those of ninth-century BC Greek goddesses.
     The neighbouring building (originally the library) was opened on 12 December 1902 and the foundation stone records that the architect was J. Mitchell Bottomley and the builder was R. Bowen.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bloye, William James Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Sanstone Lifesize?

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WAwaRLxx027 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Avenue Road
Precise location On the Art Gallery
A-Z ref None
OS ref SP318654
Date of design None
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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