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The site, on the east end of Poultry, London, had previously been occupied by the Stocks Market, which by the point of its closure was principally used for the sale of herbs. The development was prompted by a want to put an finish to the inconvenient practice of lodging the Lord Mayor in one of the City Halls. Dance gained a contest over designs solicited from James Gibbs and Giacomo Leoni, and uninvited submissions by Batty Langley and Isaac Ware. Construction was slowed down by the discovery of springs on the site, which meant piles had to be sunk to lay enough foundations.
Sir John Summerson wrote that “it leaves an impression of uneasily constricted bulk”, adding that “on the whole, the constructing is a putting reminder that good taste was not a common attribute in the eighteenth century”. The main reception room, the columned “Egyptian Hall”, was so named as a result of Dance used an arrangement of columns deemed to be “Egyptian” by Vitruvius. There was initially an open courtyard, later occupied by a saloon. Mansion House was constructed between the years of 1739 and 1752, in the Palladian type by the surveyor and architect George Dance the Elder.
Mansion House has three primary storeys over a rusticated basement. The entrance facade has a portico with six Corinthian columns, supporting a pediment with a tympanum sculpture by Sir Robert Taylor, in the centre of which is a … Read More