Foreign Office Downing Street London 1896 Print over 120 years old


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Antique print dated 1896. The page is over 100 years old and in good condition.

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

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in either a brown frame or a black frame, your choice. RL.41.

Entitled – Foreign Office.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Foreign Office. – Downing Street – though for a century and a half the name was practically synonymous with the existing Administration – has become almost entirely a thing of the past. Not many years ago that great department of the State known as the Foreign Office was lodged in old, limited, and dingy rooms at the end of this world-renowned street; the Colonial Office, too, was in no better plight. Now, however, a magnificent pile of buildings occupies the area between Downing Street and Charles Street, and includes the Home Office, the Foreign Office, the Colonial Office, and the India Office. This immense structure was built in 1868-73 at a cost of £500,000. The buildings are faced with Portland stone, but granite is used for the window columns; while granite, marble, and glass – mostly green and red – are largerly employed in the decoration. The block of buildings extends from King Street on the east to St. James’s Park, near Storey’s Gate, on the west; and from Downing Street on the north to Charles Street on the south. The Park front, as seen on approaching the Foreign Office from the Parade behind the Horse Guards, is at once bold and massive, the principal features being the lofty tower which separates the Foreign Office from that devoted to the Indian Department, and the grand semi-circular sweep which rounds off the angle of the building towards the Park. The inner court of the Foreign Office, which is entered from Downing Street, is quite plain, and against the topmost story surrounding the Quadrangle stand numerous sculptured figures emblematical of various countries. The principal apartments are on the first-floor, and include the Cabinet-room, which is 70ft. long by 35ft. wide, and two spacious conference-rooms.

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Weight4.41 kg
Dimensions60 × 50 × 7 cm