The Wisdom of Commerce by Richard Garbe. 1911-12. Spandrels over Ground-floor Window of the Southern Pavilion, Thames House (architect: Stanley Hamp), Upper Thames Street and Queen Street Place, almost to the river. Portland stone, 3m high. Signed on the left spandrel at bottom right: “RICHARD/ GARBE;” the right spandrel at bottom left: “RG” (in monogram form). William Bainbridge Reynolds created the bronze galleon in front of the circular window.

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

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