Somerset House (2)

I saw bits of Somerset House I had never seen before.

The basement vaults next door to where Henrietta Maria had her chapel:-

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The Nelson staircase with Chambers’s beautiful, crisp stair treads:-

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The detailing, which, according to Baretti in his Guide through the Royal Academy, was ‘carved from finished drawings by Cipriani, one of the founding RAs:-

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The bust of Newton over the entrance to the Royal Society:-

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And, finally, the north front in the evening sun:-

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