Pediment designed by Frederick W. Pomeroy, RA and executed by him and J. Edgar Winter. City Hall, Belfast. Text and photograph by Philip V. Allingham 2006. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (a) credit the Victorian Web and (b) either link to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]
The subject, complementing the Britannia commercial group of the earlier Customs House pediment, is the patron goddess of Ireland, Hibernia, actively promoting the business and artistic activities of the City of Belfast; she is attended by the Roman goddess Minerva (suggestive of weaving specifically, but industry in general), and the symbolic figures of Labour, Industry, Liberty, and Commerce, who hold appropriate instruments: harps, torches, bolts of linen, spinning-wheels, etc. (see Brett, p. 55)
Brett, Charles Edward Bainbridge. Buildings of Belfast, 1700-1914. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, [c1967].
Last modified 11 September 2006