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Oxford and Cambridge University Club. 71-76, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HD. Architects: Sir Robert Smirke and his brother Sydney Smirke. 1836-37. “Figured reliefs in the antique taste by W. G. Nicholl from designs by the architect's father Robert Smirke ” (British Listed Buildings). These terracotta panels depict what Bradley and Pevsner quoting an unidentified source call “the exhalted labours of the mind” (617). [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Apollo surrounded by Greek gods and goddesses.

Homer singing of Troy surrounded by armored warriors and their families.

Left: Pastoral scene — Vergil's "Eclogues?" Right: Love poetry — Ovid or Catullus?

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Upper photograph by Jacqueline Banerjee. All others by Robert Freidus. Formatting, perspective correction, and text by George P. Landow. You may use these images 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 in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


Oxford and Cambridge University Club 71-76, Westminster." British Listed Buildings. Listing NGR: TQ2942880154. Web. 3 December 2011.

Bradley, Simon, and Nikolaus Pevsner. London 6: Westminster. “The Buildings of England.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003.

Last modified 13 September 2013