Justice

I have often wondered about the metallic figure of Justice which glowers over the building at the top end of St. James’s Street where it meets Piccadilly.   The building was originally designed in 1909 as the headquarters of the Norwich Union Life Insurance Society by Ernest Augustus Runtz and  George McLean Ford, architects who had previously worked with Norman Shaw on the design of the Gaiety Theatre.   Justice was the work of Hibbert Binney and is oddly butch.   She stands over a man and woman who symbolize foresight and prudence, appropriate emblems of the life insurance business:-

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