Dome over the Grand Staircase. Foreign Office, Whitehall. Clayton and Bell. 1861-68. Photograph and text 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

The dome above the three-storey high Grand Staircase is "decorated by female figures representing countries which had diplomatic relations with Great Britain in the 1860s. The dome and the stencilled walls and ceilings were also the work of Clayton and Bell" (9). [For an image of the grand Staircase from 1868, see the]


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: History, supplied by the Office on London's Open Day, 17 September 2006.

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