Architectural sculpture on the Grosvenor Hotel by J. Daymond & Son. Architect: J. T. Knowles. Left: The Grosvenor Hotel (1860), Buckingham Palace Road. A 5-story building constructed of yellow brick and Bath stone with a shaped slate mansard roof: “One of the first buildings in London to use the French pavilion roof” (British Listed Buildings). Right: Photograph of façade showing location of high relief busts and other stone carving. [Click on photographs to enlarge them.] According to Bradley and Pevsner, this building, “the greatest hotel London had yet seen[,]. . . was undertaken by Sir John Kelk, the railway being too short of funds . . . [It has] that demonstrative solidity which hotels of the date seem to aspire to” (737).

Left: Queen. Right: Woman from the Middle East.

Left: An American Indian. Right: Christopher Columbus (?).

Photographs ” by Robert Freidus. Formatting, perspective correction, and text 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.]


Grosvenor Hotel, Westminster." British Listed Buildings. Web. 3 December 2011.

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

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