Bankers in Birmingham and Businessmen adjacent to Birmingham
The upper compartment of the engraving draws attention to three banking businesses whose names are inscribed on a tablet, Coales, Robert Wooley and Co., Spooner, Attwood and Co. and Taylor and Lloyds. An anchor, a pyramid, trunks and moneybags are emblems of stability. Wealth is revealed by a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, issuing coins.
The lower compartment, entitled “Adjacent to Birmingham” presents a scroll containing the names and addresses of fourteen leading businessmen, including Matthew Boulton, Samuel Galton, William Hutton, Sampson Lloyd, Samuel Lloyd, John Taylor and James Watt. The scroll rests upon a venerable oak tree, a symbol of stability and tradition. In the background are two buildings, including a distant view of Boulton’s Soho House.« Previous in this sectionNext in this section »