DianeOD said:Thanks Baba - I did know the order of the angelic figures, simply had no particular reason to mention the rest. It was the 'word' scuss which I had noticed. (In some cases, the fool or a particular game etc. in ordinary tarot games is known as skuss. The remark was not entirely serious. But I hadn't 'got' the allusion to Sanctus.. holy, holy etc.
Comment about such images being common. Actually Hus. mentions only this one example of Seraphim as standing on a wheel.
Depictions of this series are fairly conventional - I'd agree with what jmd says and won't repeat his words. If I have some time (which won't be for quite a while - I have a deadline) I can pull out some other images of figures standing on wheels - and spheres of course (which may be related). But to focus on the wheel is in any case to miss the main point, which is that this figure is not - wheel or no- linked to the tarot Fool by any argument that I can see.
The point about a series and the reason it's relevant, in fact I'd say crucial, to mention this, is that it's in looking at the series that you can determine the meaning of the images. When we look at this series, it's surely apparent that it has nothing to do with either The Fool or an angel of the New Year.
Anyway, I have a feeling that you are not going to concede this point and I only really jumped in because I know the town of Southwold well and was curious.
If it's of any help, then, as I say, the angel of the New Year is, as far as I know, a sentimentalised figure of central European 19th century and early 20th century popular culture. It pops up in many of the popular graphics of the time. I have never looked into its origin so can't make any further suggestions.