1 South Audley Street, London W1. 1870-71. Architect: F.P. Cockerell (completed after his death by Aichison Jun). [Click on this image and those below to enlarge them.] According to Bradley and Pevsner the building , which now houses the Embassy of Qatar, was built for the banker Stewart Hodgson (573).

Left: Façade facing South Audley Street to the right of the main entrance showing bay window topped by frieze. Right: Detail of a column with mask.

Frieze with putti, grotesque bearded male heads above, ornate corbels or brackets below.

Left: One of many grotesque heads on the building. Right: Photograph showing the complex combination of frieze, putti, arabesques, columns, masks, and other brick decorations.

Photographs and research by Robert Freidus. Text, perspective correction, and formatting by George P. Landow. 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 in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


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

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