The Banqueting House 161922

Jones' Banqueting House in Whitehall takes the form of a large galleried room for formal dining and occasional elaborate masques set above a basement decorated with 'rock and shell worke', where private drinking parties took place. It is also the last remaining fragment of the rambling, medieval Westminster Palace, within which it stood as a strange, set-piece statement at odds with all around it the initial commitment of what was intended to be a (never realised) grand palace. The Banqueting...