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By Gary Nisbet
Joseph Armitage
(1880-1945)
An architectural carver and modeller, he worked on some of the most important American-style buildings in Glasgow during the inter-war years, collaborating with architect James Miller , carvers Holmes & Jackson and sculptor Gilbert Bayes on the designs for their ornament.

He designed the decorative details on the former Union Bank of Scotland, 110-20 St Vincent Street (1924-7), carved by Holmes & Jackson , and the Prudential Building, 28-36 Renfield Street (1929-30).

In 1934, he carved the Classical reliefs on Miller 's Commercial (later Royal) Bank of Scotland, 30 Bothwell Street.

Modelled by Gilbert Bayes , these represent The Qualities of Man in Modern Society: Commerce, Contentment, Industry, Justice, Prudence and Wisdom.

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Works in our Database:
#26 1: Bothwell Street (City Centre),
Commercial Bank of Scotland, 30 Bothwell Street
Allegorical Relief Panels depicting 'The Qualities of Man in Modern Society' (1934-5)
Modeller: G Bayes; Sculptor: J Armitage;
Architect: J Miller
 
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