1896 Print over 100 years old The Mansion House

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Antique print dated 1896.

The page is over 100 years old and in very good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a brown with gold pencil-line frame, your choice.  RL.25.

Entitled – The Mansion House.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

The Mansion House. – In olden times the Lord Mayors of London often dwelt in the neighbourhood of the Old Jewry.

In 1739, however, Lord Mayor Perry laid the first stone of the present dull and stately Mansion House;  and Sir Crisp Gascoigne (1753) was the first Lord Mayor that resided in it.

The architect was George Dance the elder, who selected the Greek style for the City palace, which, by the way, cost more than £70,000.

The Mansion House is very substantially built of Portland stone, and has a portico of six lofty fluted columns, of the Corinthian order, in the front.

The basement story is very massive, and in the centre of it is the low doorway that leads to the kitchens, cellars, and other domestic offices.

On each side rises a flight of steps, of very considerable extent, leading up to the portico.

The Mansion House is an oblong, and has an area in the middle.

At the farthest end of it is situated the grand and lofty Egyptian Hall, a stately banqueting-room, designed by the Earl of Burlington, and intended to resemble an Egyptian chamber described by Vitruvius.

This magnificent apartment can dine 400 guests;  it has two side screens of lofty columns, supporting a vaulted roof, and is lit by a large west window.

There are several other splendid dining-rooms, such as the Venetian Parlour, Wilkes’s Parlour, and so on.

The drawing-room and ball-room are superbly decorated;  and above the latter is the Justice Room, constructed in 1849, where the Lord Mayor sits daily.

The Mansion House kitchen is a large hall provided with all kinds of culinary appliances, including ranges almost big enough to roast an entire ox.

If you buy an item and then see it relisted this is because we occasionally have more than one available, each page is original and not a photocopy.


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