Time and Fortune Draw a Curtain Over Temple Bar. Sculptor: Charles Henry Mabey (c. 1836-1912). Architect: Horace Jones. 1880. Bronze. The left side, top, and right of the frame bear the following inscription: “Temple Bar Erected / 1672 by Sir C Wren Arch Removed 1878 This Memorial Erected 1880 by Horace Jones / Archt. V. P. R. I. B. A. [Vice President Royal Institute of British Architects]” Note Fortune's wheel peeping out behind her robes, the sculptor's signature at lower left, the London seal at bottom center, and the royal figures in niches of the arch. [Click on this image to enlarge it.]

The Temple Bar Memorial, its sculpture, and related material

Photograph and research by Robert Freidus. Formatting, text, and perspective correction by George P. Landow. [You may use these images 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.


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

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