lauder wrote:Royal Arms is on Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital.
Spot on, lauder . . . the 'Eye & Ear' it is, on Adelaide Road. The date seems to be 1897.
Lauder wrote:What is the story with the Arch? When was it removed and to where?
I think it was just a temporary structure, pure and simple, put up just for the royal visit!
Wasn't there a long renaissance tradition of doing this kind of thing?
I recall several paintings in the National Gallery of squares in renaissance Rome filled with elaborate baroque structures, erected for various weddings or festivals etc.
This is a mid 18th century example, drawn by Canaletto, of a huge temporary baroque structure in the Piazzetta in Venice, apparently erected just for the Carnival!