Decor in the saloon, showing roundel of Hogarth
Sydney Smirke and George Basevi
Interior decoration by Messrs Sang and Naundorff
The old Conservative Club
St James's Street, London
The "encaustic painting on the piers and vaulting" of the saloon (Watkin) includes roundels of such cultural icons as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Raphael (Prince Albert's favourite) and Gainsborough. Hogarth himself was a favourite of Sir John Soane's, with whom Basevi had been a pupil, so naturally gets his place here.
Photograph and text 2008 by Jacqueline Banerjee
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