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Mr Monkey visits Somerset House, 12th January

"I think this shows why royalty should avoid fancy dress"

Mr Monkey outside the Strand entrance to Somerset House Mr Monkey looking at the statue of George III at Somerset House

Mr Monkey scampered along the Strand until he came to the front gates of Somerset House, which was designed by William Chambers as a home for the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy, the Navy Board, and a number of other government departments. Just through the main gates, Mr Monkey stopped to look at a 1780 statue by John Bacon showing George III dressed as a Roman emperor. From the early 1880s there was a gentleman's toilet in the pedestal of the statue, but it was removed in 1922 after complaints.

You can read about the building at the Somerset House website.

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