Pirelli Courtyard (1856-84) by Captain Francis Fowke, Godfrey Sykes, and others. The Victoria and Albert Museum. Cromwell Road, London Detailed view of pediment [Click on image to enlarge it.]

In this photograph, we look towards away from Cromwell Road in the direction the wall of the inner courtyard with renaissance-revival façade and a pair of bronze doors deorated with eight panels representing the fine and applied arts. "On the balconies are roundels containing putti; further up, the pediment typanum and figure panels on the flanking attic stories are by Townroe" (Read, 227). According to a history of museums site, "three horizontal divisions represent the Ages of Man. On the pediment is Queen Victoria distributing Laurel crowns in front of the Crystal Palace."

Photograph and text by 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.it]


Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

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