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Description: The Pelican Group of Statuary Just Behind Horniman Museum
Date Listed: 12 March 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 203360
OS Grid Reference: TQ3485073133
OS Grid Coordinates: 534850, 173133
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4411, -0.0611
LONDON ROAD SE23
4424 (Horniman Gardens)
"The Pelican Group" of
statuary just behind
TQ 3473 22/290
Group of Coade stone figures, pediment-shaped but now plainly mounted on brick
plinth. The group was originally made for the pediment of the house in Lombard
Street built by Sir Robert Taylor for Sir Charles Asgill. In l797 the house
was converted to offices for the Pelican Life Insurance Company, who commissioned
tile sculpture group from the Coade Company, It was designed by Lady Diana Beauclerk
andexecuted by John de Vacre, and appeared in Coade's catelogue in 1799.
The group consists of a helmeted classical warrior, with trophies of arms behind
him and a tripod in front, holding in his left hand a standard with the emblem of
the pelican in her piety and the initials PLIO. In his right hand he raises a wreath
for which 2 young women in classical draperies reach out. At the extreme angle
is an amorino with a torch. At the other side are 2 youths, one looking into a
mirror, the other examining his foot.
The Pelican Company used a picture of this group on their stationary. The Lombard
Street house was demolished before World War II; and the group was removed first to
the Geffrye Museum and then to Horniman Gardens.
Listing NGR: TQ3485073133
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Source: English Heritage
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