Relief with Two Sailors over doorway of 37-38 Threadneedle Street, the Bank of Scotland (built as the British Linen Bank), by John Bacon the Younger (1777-1859). c. 1803. Stone with additions in some other modeled material. Dimensions: 1.1m high x 4.3m wide

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Left: A sailor with telescope, compass, and weight for sounding depth. Right: A grotesque on the keystone beneath the sailors by an unknown sculptor. Note the twin cornucopias on the male figure's head, which seem to be filled with coins.

The placement of Bacon's two sailors above the arch.


Ward-Jackson, Philip. Public Sculpture of the City of London. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2003.

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