Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 8
The frieze at the base is in itself a monument to Victorian faith in the existence of great men. It was, in Scott's words, "the very soul of the design" (p. 269). There are 169 figures here, neatly sorted into musicians on the south, painters on the east, sculptors on the west, and architects on the north. They're further grouped by nationality on the south and east (the sides done by Henry Hugh Armstead) but by chronology on the west and north (the sides done by John Birney Philip). The figures are named at the base, though an eagle eye is needed to read the labels. Armstead and Philip bid low on the project. Scott wrote, "Being men of less established fame than the older sculptors, they undertook the work at a far lower price that these would have done, and, as it proved, to their own cost."
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