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No 5 Hamilton Place, just off Park Lane
London built in 1805 was designed by the
architect Thomas Leverton and is a fine
a Georgian town house built in that period.
The house underwent a major refurbishment
carried out by the then owner Leopold de Rothschild during which the
and Staircase were finished out with wonderful wood
the Library sited above the fireplace
there are two wood panels with intricate carvings both of which have a
particular engineering flavour.
The left hand panel shows a Grecian goddess holding aloft
what appears to be a pair of batteries in her left hand with a
connecting wire trailing around the two cherubs on
either side of the
to another pair of batteries in her
right hand. Both cherubs appear to have some form of ear piece in their
Was this carving
inspired by the invention of the telephone
in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell?
right hand panel shows another Grecian goddess holding a
small boiler shaped appliance with steam/smoke appearing to issue forth
a small chimney? The left cherub is holding an anchor
and chain, and the right cherub a toothed paddle wheel.
this carving inspired by I K Brunel’s ship the “Great
Eastern” launched in 1856 and then later converted to lay cables. It
laid the first transatlantic telephone cable circa. 1868.
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