Friday, 19 December 2008

Indian Gallery

Now behold!
Midway the Indian Gallery bold
Sweeps the whole concave round, and seems
Birth of some Eastern Poet's dreams

" ... yon strange witching Balustrade
For Indian Kings in India made
Some thousand years agone, I ween, --
The solemn Durbar's glittering screen,
From Delhi's gorgeous palace saved
When a whole nation fiercely braved
The might of England's conquering sword"

The "fretted, fairy marble walls" that line the Indian Gallery, were "adjusted nice" to fit the octagonal form of the varanda beneath the central dome over the crossing corridors. As described by Cargill, they were brought from India following the 1857 "Mutiny" and the ensuing sack of Delhi.

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