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."
- The old Conservative Club, London
- Interior of the saloon
- Decor of the saloon, showing roundel of Hogarth
- Corinthian columns and frieze by an interior door (detail)
- Floor mosaic in the saloon, by John Marriott Blashfield (detail)
- Looking up at the gallery or upper storey of the saloon
- Looking up towards the dome
- Drawing-room ceiling
Watkin, David. "Cultured Club." bd: The Architects' Website. Viewed 9 October 2008.
Last modified 9 October 2008