Designers and Architects would often use the human form to help visualise an idea, concept or thought.
In this post “Liverpool” is now the subject matter and is again symbolised by a female figure. “Liverpool” is always depicted as the figure in the middle.
This first frieze has “Liverpool” adorned with the regalia of office: the mayoral chain, fur trimmed cloak, a crown of sailing boats, legal documents and mace.
She is flanked by “Art” on the left holding a scale model of the hall. To the right “Labour,” holding a mallet, chisel and wearing a builder’s apron.
The next three friezes evidence the importance of “Liverpool” in the importing and exporting of goods.
“Liverpool” carries on her shoulders a bale of cotton. Representing agriculture the figure on the left holds a scythe, sickle and a vessel inscribed with a liver bird. (See my post “Liver Birds – What’s in its mouth ?” for details about how the Liver Bird came into existence.) On the other side, the figure is carrying a bowl as an example of manufactured goods.
“Liverpool” holds aloft a purse of plenty with which to buy goods. Our figure to the left holds a knife and dead ox to illustrate the transportation of meat whilst the shepherd and ram the importance of wool.
This panel builds on the previous two, by strengthening the idea that “Liverpool” supports the whole country by shipping food and corn.
Our final two images recognise the importance of the port to the prosperity of “Liverpool.”
First is acknowledgment to the importance of the ship builders. “Liverpool” holds a model ship while bounded by shipwrights holding tools of the trade. Block, pulley and hammer carried by one whilst the other holds an adze.
Finally we see the development of “Liverpool” from a small fishing village to a thriving port.