The panels have long been recognised as a significant art work in the City of London and one of the conditions for redevelopment of Bucklersbury House was that they be reinstalled in an appropriate space on the site. Bloomberg acquired the site in 2010 and one of the first tasks was the careful removal and cleaning of the panels, undertaken by conservation specialists Recclesia Ltd and recorded by our photographers. Wanting the panels to have maximum impact in their future display Bloomberg gifted the panels to London Underground to be integrated within the new Bank Station entrance on Walbrook, constructed within the footprint of the new Bloomberg building.
John Hutton is internationally renowned in his field of glass engraving and the Bucklersbury panels are a great example of his creativity and skill. His work can be found all over the world, but one of his most famous commissions is in the UK at Coventry Cathedral where he produced the Screen of Saints and Angels.
The Bucklersbury panels are in two series, once set features the god Mithras killing the primordial bull; the central icon in the cult of Mithras and the most obvious reference to the discovery. On either side of this bull-slaying scene, known at the tauroctony, were other Roman gods and goddesses. The second series features scenes from Roman life in Londinium, with soldiers, merchants, women and children and even a vision of Roman London Bridge in the background.