Monday, 18 January 2010
Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane EC4
Stationers' Hall is one of those secluded yards that make the City of London so attractive. The hall was rebuilt after the Fire and rebuilt on the existing footprint by Robert Mylne in 1800, who included these attractive panels in Coade stone.
The panels include four chubby little boys representing the seasons and their associated signs of the Zodiac. First is Spring, with Aries the ram, then Summer with Cancer the crab, Autumn with Libra the scales and Winter with Capricorn the goat.
The other panels have a fan with a lion's head and an urn with griffons. They don't seem to be particularly associated with the Stationers, so perhaps Mylne just popped round to Coade's Artificial Manufactory in Lambeth and ordered some designs out of the catalogue.