Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: London 4: Albertopolis: Photo 32
The decoration around the main entrance was by Alfred Drury and William Goscombe John. Albert stands above the entrance, dressed for an Elizabethan costume ball; the nine figures in the arch above him carry the museum's motto ("The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose"). The figure in the left spandrel is Beauty, admiring herself in a mirror held by a boy; on the right, Truth admires a model of the V&A held up by a girl. Above, Queen Victoria is guarded by St. George and St. Michael, swords in hand.
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