Tympanum over the door and sculpture in panels

Sculpture on the tympanum over the door on Lloyd’s Register of Shipping ” by Sir George Frampton, R.A. Architect: T. E. Collcutt. Fenchurch Street and Lloyd’s Avenue, London EC3. Hoptonwood stone, each panel approximately 60cm high x 1.5m wide. “At the center within an elaborate cartouche stands a female personification of Lloyd’s, crowned, holding a book and caduceus. She is framed” by branching foliage. Behind her are the rays of the sun and two globes. In the right-hand corner is a sailing ship, in the left-hand corner a steamship” (Ward-Jackson).

Left: The panel to the left of the door has five young women holding models of sailing ships. Their garments combine Arts and Crafts and Japanese elements, such as the sleeves of the one in the center. In the panel on the opposite side of the doorway young women hold steamships. [Photograph showing relation of previous panel to the right of the door to a bronze figure of a young woman gazing down at the model of the ship in her hands.] [Click on these images and those below for larger pictures.]

Commerce (Panel over left-hand side door). “At the centre stands a naked youth, wearing Mercury’s winged bonnet and holding a caduceus in one hand, and the in the other an orb surmounted” by a galleon. At his feet are waves, bearing a symmetrical arrangement of sailing ships laden with exotic fruit. Behind the youth is a representation of the globe, flanked” by columns supporting globe and galleon finials. Four maidens stand to the left and three to the right, some wearing ethnic costume. One holds an elephant tusk, another a sheaf of corn. An Indian woman holds a war axe, whilst the remainder hold closed caskets.” (ward-Jackson). Hoptonwood stone, 1.2 high x 3m wide.

Navigation (Panel over left-hand side door). “At the centre stands a naked youth, holding a sextant and a compass. At his feet are waves bearing a symmetrical arrangement of sailing ships, laden with packages. Behind the central figure is the sun, its rays projecting to form a pattern on the background. The sun is flanked” by ornamental columns, with compasses as finials. To the left are three maidens and to the right four maidens, carrying navigational instruments, a globe and a model of a ship” (ward-Jackson). Hoptonwood stone, 1.2 high x 3m wide.

Sir George Frampton's Sculpture on Lloyd’s Register of Shipping

Photographs and caption material by Robert Freidus. Formatting and perspective correction. George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

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

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