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.
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.