Allegory of Painting
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.
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