Europe by [Henry Hugh Armstead (1828-1905) ?]. Colonial Office, Whitehall, London. Given that Europe holds a ship and sits with a trident behind her — both common symbols of Britain and her naval supremacy — the sculptor has obviously made it stand for all Europe. Does that horse possibly represent nations of the Continent, or is it one of Neptune's horses and hence another emphasis upon the sea? Europe (i.e. England) is the only continent depicted against a globe representing the earth, and since the female allegorical figure holds a ship in front of the globe, the work again emphasizes the country's naval supremacy and consequent world dominance.

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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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