The Carlton Club was founded in 1832 and has occupied its present premises at 69 St James’s Street since 1940.1 The existing building was designed by Thomas Hopper in 1826-27 and occupied by Arthur’s Club for many years.
This is another of the buildings that I have worked on that had been bombed in recent years.2
I was commissioned to carry out the paint analysis of the staircase hall in 2007.
Analysis of the painted surfaces has shown that the staircase hall has been decorated (or partially decorated) on about twenty occasions. Although the upper levels were occasionally ignored the average repainting cycle seems to have been about nine years. Schemes four to seven (inclusive) were very elaborate polychromatic ones and were probably visible during the third quarter of the nineteenth century.
1 A dramatic account of the earlier (wartime) bombing of the original club building at 100 Pall Mall can be found here.
2 The Club was bombed by the IRA on 25th June 1990.