The pair of Mercuries over the front door distribute the news round the Empire and even to heathen foreigners, rushing away from Blighty on their winged boots as the sun rises round the globe.
A rather arresting if cosmologically inexact image.
Oakley probably also carved the charming and much more natural swallows.
Oakley was the son of a chairmaker in High Wycombe and is still celebrated there. Oddly, like Rabinovitch he also experienced a major change in career direction shortly after the Telegraph commission - he became a monk. The difference was, he did not abandon sculpture but just specialised in religious ornamentation thereafter.