Tuesday 17 January 2012: Memorial To Benjamin Disraeli
My seat in the cafe in Debenhams gave me an excellent view of the stained glass window over the main staircase. It was installed when the building was occupied by the Conservative Club, who acquired the property in 1880. Built by Arthur Colville at a cost of £32,000 it was opened in1884.
The window, made by James Ballantyne and Son in 1884, is a memorial to Benjamin Disraeli, as Earl of Beaconsfield and in the central panel you can just see the tower of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster behind the figure of ?Britannia?
The side panels indicate Disraeli's career in Politics and Literature while the central panel reads Imperium Et Libertas (Empire and Freedom).
More detail when seen in large.