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Drapers’ Company (The), possess a local habitation in Throgmorton-street, which for luxury and magnificence could hardly be surpassed. Architect, decorator, and upholsterer seem to have done their utmost. There has been no attempt to reproduce the aspect of a mansion in the sixteenth or seventeenth century, as everything is new, solid, comfortable, and costly. The hall, court, and reception rooms are on the first floor of the building, and overlook the quadrangle, which is a handsome square of some forty-five feet. Dispersed though the various apartments are a valuable collection of oil paintings. Of these a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots and her little son, alleged to be the work of Zucchero, and Sir W. Beechey’s portrait of Nelson, are the most interesting. A portrait of Mr. John Taber, once master of the company, by Richmond, R.A., is one of the latest works acquired by the company. The principal staircase is conspicuous for its marble baluster and statues of Edward III., who granted a charter to the company, and of his queen. The drapers believe that their body supplied the first Lord Mayor. Schools at Barton Stratford-le-Bow, Worsborough, Kirkham, Greenwich, &c., are in possession of the company.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879