Architectural Sculpture, former Battersea Town Hall (now Battersea Arts Centre)
Type Relief , Sculpture
The sculpture, all in relief, comprises: 1. Allegorical groups in each of the segmental pediments of the three main bays overlooking Lavender Hill; 2. Allegorical figures in the spandrels of the two central openings. According to the official programme published for the inauguration
"The two end pediments contain figures representing Labour and Progress (East) and Art and Literature (West) instructing a youthful figure typical of the municipality of Battersea. In the central pediment is the Battersea coat of arms and crest supported by figures representing Justice and Prudence, while on the spandrels beneath the subjects of Government and Entertainment are represented".
As Beattie has observed, 'The female figures represent the virtues and concerns of local government'.
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