Ely House

In waiting for breakfast at the Arts Club, I had a look at Ely House along the way in Dover Street.   It was designed in the early 1770s by Robert Taylor in the purest and most refined neo-Palladianism for Edmund Keene, a former Master of Peterhouse who, when he was Bishop of Ely (hence the mitre on the façade), sold the old and historic Ely Place in Holborn to build a new smart town house in the West End.   He was apparently ‘as much puffed up with his Dignities and Fortunes as any on the bench’:-

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