Britain and the Orient by Ernest Gillick. Bronze. P&O Line building 14-16 Cockspur Street, London W1. According to Ornamental Passions, “When P&O took over Hamburg America Line's building in 1918 as part of Germany's reparations for the war, the company lost no time adapting it for their own use. The ground floor booking hall was completely revamped, and the entrance marked with an extraordinary bronze relief by Ernest Gillick. . . . At the centre is a rising sun with P&O's motto Quis Separabit (from Romans 8:35 and the motto of several British regiments).” The Latin phrase is translated as "Who shall separate us?"

Left to right. The Orient and boy with lotus flower. Right: Britain (or Britannia) and boy with her trident, symbolizing her mastery of the oceans. [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Photographs and caption by Robert Freidus. Formatting, text, and perspective correction 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 Victorian Web and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]


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