STAIRCASE IN THE FOREIGN OFFICE.
The Foreign Office occupies the north-west corner of the fine block in the Italian style between Whitehall and St. James's Park. It is entered from the inner court of the quadrangle, and the extremely handsome staircase occupies an area of sixty feet by twenty-five. Our illustration shows this specimen of Sir Gilbert Scott's work decorated with flowers for a reception given by the Foreign Secretary.
ENTRANCE HALL OF SIR FREDERIC LEIGHTON'S HOUSE.
Immediately upon entering Sir Frederic Leighton's house, 2, Holland Park Road, Kensington, which was built for the President of the Royal Academy by Mr. George Aitchison, one is struck with its decorative splendour. The walls of the Entrance Hall are covered with bright blue and white tiles, contrasting with the dark wood staircase, at the foot of which stands a large stuffed peacock.