The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
The residence of earl Grosvenor; of the wings of this palatial residence is completed, and forms the picture gallery. It is a magnificent building of stone of Roman architecture; the order the Corinthian of the Temple of the Sybils; the elevation is in portions, in advance of the other; it commences with a rusticated stylobate sustaining columns and antae, engaged with the main wall of the building and crowned with their entablature; in the intercolumniations are blank windows of the Palladian school, fronted with ballustrades and crowned with pediments; above each is a sunk pannel containing a festoon of foliage; the entablature is surmounted by a blocking course broken by pedestals, which are carried up to a convenient height and finished with vases; the intervals between the pedestals are occupied with a ballustrade: this may be described as the portion; this part of the design which is advanced a trifling degree before the other, only differs in having columns substituted for the antae of the other portion; the entablature is here surmounted by an attic crowned with a ballustrade; the face of the wall is pannelled, and on pedestals placed on the cornice of the principal order, corresponding in number and situation with the columns, are
|statues, emblematic of the liberal sciences and fine arts. This part forms only a small portion of a grand design, which, when completed, will vie with the palaces of Venice or Rome, and in point of splendour will stand almost unrivalled in the metropolis. The architect is J. Cundy, esq.
, Old and New, have long been celebrated as a fashionable lounge. These , in fact, form only street, leading from on the south, to on the north, about half a mile, or somewhat better. In the Weekly Journal for June , it is observed that,
This evidently alludes to that part now called .
does not contain many houses of the nobility, being almost filled with fashionable shops; here are several large rooms occasionally used as exhibition rooms for works of art and other subjects.
A few feel eastward of , and on the south side of , is
 Nightingale's Beauties of England, x. pt. iv. p. 675.