Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Central Court of the India Office

Central Court of the India Office - photograph


No part of Sir Gilbert Scott's splendid pile of public offices in Whitehall shows finer workmanship than the central glass-covered court of the India Office. The pillars are of polished red and grey granite, and effective use is made of tiles for ornamentation. Round the top gallery, in has-relief, are busts of various Governors of the Indian provinces. At the corners, in niches lower down, are life-size statues of Warren Hastings, Minto, Clive, Wellesley, Cornwallis, Amherst, Teignmouth, and Hastings, the last two being those shown in our picture. The Council meets in a chamber on the first floor, looking out upon this courtyard, which is rectangular in plan, and is 115 feet long by 60 feet wide.