London Mansion House

Mansion House .—This is a tall square mass of dark stone building, nearly opposite the Bank and the Royal Exchange, with a portico of six Corinthian columns in front, resting on a low rustic basement.  This edifice, which extends a considerable depth behind, is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, provided by the city corporation.  Besides an extensive suite of domestic apartments, it contains a number of state-rooms, in which company is received and entertained.  The chief of these rooms are the Egyptian hall and the ball-room, which have a grand appearance.  Some fine sculptures by British artists—the best of which are Foley's ‘Caractacus and Egeria,' and Bailey's ‘Genius and the Morning Star'—have recently been added; the corporation having voted a sum of money for this purpose.  The lord mayor's annual stipend is £5,997 8s. 4d., with certain allowances, we believe, not stated; and in the Mansion House he has the use of a superb collection of plate: he is likewise allowed the use of a state-coach, &c.  Every lord mayor, however, expends more than this sum during his year of office in grand banquets.