Flockadacious

©National Trust/Emma Williams

James Rothwell has just sent me this image of the library at Lyme Park as it looks now, in response to the previous post about the refurbishment of the room. It still needs a few finishing touches, but the overall effect is there.

The National Trust now encourages visitors to use the furniture in certain rooms – where appropriate and practical – so that they can get a better sense of what it would have been like to inhabit these spaces.

Watercolour view of the library by Sybil Legh, 1897. ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

This watercolour (which I showed earlier) by Sybil Legh , a relation of Lord Newton who owned the house, documents the room as it was in 1897. You can see how she sort of fudged the difficult-to-paint pattern of the wallpaper, rendering it as a mottled reddish purple.

But the picture also shows the grained ceiling, the Boulle-work bracket clock, the Greek tombstone fragment in the alcove and the velvet-covered window seat, which have all either survived or been recreated.

4 Responses to “Flockadacious”

  1. Karena Says:

    Emile, the architectural details are simply astounding!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

  2. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Yes she was a pretty good watercolourist – and it is so useful to have her record of what various rooms at Lyme looked like in about 1897.

  3. style court Says:

    What a helpful resource the watercolour has proven to be. Seeing someone seated in the room in the 21st century completely humanizes the room.

  4. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Doesn’t it, Courtney? Now there will be more pressure on the visitors to look glamorous enough to match the room :)

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