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Mansion House

This building is the residence of the lord mayor of London, and is situated to the west of Lombard Street and Cornhill. It is of an oblong form, and constructed of Portland stone. From its massive style, and vast extent, it is calculated to make a magnificent appearance; but the effect is, in a great measure, destroyed by its confined situation. A wide and lofty portico, composed of six fluted pillars of the Corinthian order, with two pilasters at each side of their pediment, of the same order, form the chief ornament of the front. Under this portico is a low basement, story, in the centre of which is the gateway leading to the kitchens and offices. A flight of steps ascends to the principal entrance doorway beneath the portico. These stairs are enclosed by a stone balustrade, continued along the whole length of the front. The pediment of the portico is adorned with a piece of sculpture, emblematical of the wealth and grandeur of the city. In the centre is a female figure representing the city, having a wand in her right hand, and the left resting on the city arms. On her head is a mural crown, and under her left foot a figure of Envy. Near her, on the right, is a Cupid, with a cap of liberty affixed to a short staff, leaning on his shoulder, and beyond him reclines a sea-god, to represent the Thames, having at his side an anchor fastened to a cable. To the left of London is Plenty, with a cornucopia, and behind her two naked boys, with bales of goods, to denote commerce. The west side of this edifice presents a range of very noble windows, placed between coupled Corinthian pilasters. Its interior exhibits a sufficient degree of splendour; but many of the rooms are dark. Some of the apartments are very large, and fitted up in a sumptuous style, particularly the Egyptian hall, the ball room, &c.

Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819