Close-up of frieze

Close-up of frieze on the old Conservative Club, St James's Street, London SW1. Sydney Smirke and George Basevi, 1843-45. Photograph and text 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.]

Notice the swags above the windows and the richly carved frieze behind the capitals, showing (in the centre) one of the main motifs: a crown surrounded by an oak wreath. As David Watkin says, these decorative elements "repay careful study."

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Watkin, David. "Cultured Club." bd: The Architects' Website. Viewed 9 October 2008.

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