Photographer: Harrington, John
Medium: Photographic print
Under the canopy at the south end of the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, is the Throne.
"The Throne is elevated on steps, the central portion having three, and the sides two steps, carpeted with richest velvet pile of bright scarlet, with a pattern of roses and lions alternately. The canopy is divided into three compartments: the central one, much loftier than the others, for Her Majesty; that on the right hand for the Prince of Wales, and that on the left for the late Prince Consort. The back of the central compartment is panelled in the most exquisite manner. Her Majesty's State Chair is particularly splendid in its enrichments, and the whole erection is a mass of the most sumptuous gilding and colouring. The very elegant metal work round the Throne, Balcony, and throughout the Palace is by Messrs. John Hardman and Co. There hardly exists a more magnificent specimen of metalwork than the massive brass gates to the House of Lords - they weigh 1 1/2 tons."
Descriptive letterpress by John Harrington of Brighton from the book 'The Abbey and Palace of Westminster'