THE MANSION HOUSE AT EARLY MORNING.
It is necessary to get up very early in the morning to see the Mansion House so deserted as it appears in this view. At the corner of the Poultry and Princes Street a coffee-stand for early customers may be observed. There is no time like sunrise, or soon afterwards, for seeing the beauties of London ; for then the attention is not constantly distracted by the noise of traffic and by jostling crowds, and the atmosphere is often surprisingly clear. The Mansion House, of course, is the official residence of the Lord Mayor, erected in 1739-52 by Dance. The Corinthian portico is surmounted by a pediment enriched with Sir Robert Taylor's allegorical group in relief; and the flight of steps on the left leads to the Police Court. Looking down Queen Victoria Street, one notices the turreted tower of St. Mary's Aldermary.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896