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Room 4

A parlour in 1790

Room 4 – A Parlour in 1790 photographed by John Hammond

This room looks brighter and lighter than the previous rooms. Although the basic architectural shell is the same as the preceding room, the treatment of the walls in this space is quite different. They are noticeably flatter and a taste for ‘neater’, cleaner and lighter effects is evident. Panelling has been replaced by a delicately-patterned wallpaper above the dado rail.

The carpet is a modern replica based on a design of around 1780. Loom-woven carpets like this were now manufactured in England and were more affordable than hand-knotted carpets imported from Turkey and the Middle East.

An interest in ‘classical’ design and decoration, which originated in ancient Greece and Rome, became popular amongst the middling sort at this time. This taste for simplicity, symmetry and elegance is evident in this room in the creamware candlesticks, the cresting on the mirror and in the design on the front of the stove grate in the fireplace.

Chair, mahogany, c1765 Chair
Mahogany, c1765, in a style similar to one published by Chippendale
English playing cards, 1789-1801 Playing cards
English, 1789-1801
Creamware candlestick, c1780 Candlestick
English creamware, c1780