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Foreign Office

George Gilbert Scott’s Grand Staircase of the Foreign Office. The murals on the first floor surrounding the staircase are by Sigismund Goetze, who painted them at his own expense throughout the First World War. Presented to the Foreign Office in 1921, they depict the ‘origin, education, development, expansion and triumph of the British Empire, leading up to the Covenant of the League of Nations’. The two great ormolu and bronze chandeliers were produced by Skidmore’s Art Manufacturers Company of Coventry, while the mosaic pavement on the ground floor was executed by Minton-Hollins to designs in the antique style by Scott.

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Taken on September 21, 2008