Africa by Henry Hugh Armstead (1828-1905). Colonial Office, Whitehall, London. Photograph, caption, and formatting by George P. Landow. [Photograph in late afternoon raking light by Robert Freidus.] Interestingly, Africa is the only one of the continents that includes a child among its attributes — along with its tropical vegetation and rather poorly done, grotesque hippopotamus.

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Other sculpture by Armstead from the Colonial Office


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

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