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Industries of the British Empire

Carl Paul Jennewein

American, born Germany. 1890 - 1978

Above 620 Fifth Avenue entrance

The nine gilded allegorical figures on this large bronze panel represent industries that were once considered major sources of income for the British. Depicted as beautiful, unemotional and idealized, they include Coal, Fish, Salt, Tobacco and Sugar. Australia is symbolized by Wool, Canada by Wheat and Africa by Cotton. A stylized sculpted sun is symbolic of the saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” In New York City, Jennewein’s works can also be found at the Brooklyn Central Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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