“Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.”*

*from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Act 2, scene 1.

Above: Mercury keystone on 30 St James’s Square, St. James’s, London SW1.

“These figures are up at the attic level of the National Westminster Bank Building at the corner of Prince’s Street and Poultry – facing the Royal Exchange. They are part of a group of large figures with Britannia at the centre, and were carved by Ernest Gillick in 1929-32. The woman crouching below Mercury looks like she’s trying to hear something as she supports a Magic Square – a mathematical puzzle in which the numbers add up to the same sum horizontally, vertically or diagonally. In this case the answer to the puzzle is 34.” (Looking at London)
Coat of arms of Edward VII of the United Kingdom above the coach entrance to the King Edward Buildings (former General Post Office Headquarters), with caduceus keystone below. The King Edward Buildings, on the west Side of King Edward Street in the City of London, is one of the remaining buildings of the former General Post Office Headquarters, the other being The North Range (now Namura House) across the street.
Built 1907-1911 to the designs of Sir Henry Tanner, architect of the Office of Works. An early example of the use of reinforced concrete construction, the building has stronger accents, as was fashionable in the Edwardian period, than The North Range, completed two years previously. The facade of the building has various ornamental motifs celebrating King Edward VII. (Quintin Lake)

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