«The 3rd Marquess chose the red silk damask to match his wife's rosy complexion.»Did You Know?
A rich, deep red silk damask covers the walls of this beautiful and feminine room. It is an original, delicate feature, chosen by Lord Bute to match his wife Gwendolen's rosy complexion.
The room was originally Lady Bute's sitting room, fitted out under William Frame's direction in the late 1880s. It is a charming celebration of the natural world: birds sheltering in foliage can be found in the walnut frieze, and again in the finely carved pillar capitals by Thomas Nicholls.
Above, the ornate cedar ceiling designed by Frams and decorated by Charles Campbell is adorned with gold. Heraldic stained glass panels depict the combined arms of the Crichton-Stuart and Fitzalan-Howard families, united through the marriage of the 3rd Marquess and Marchioness. Corinthian pillars surmounted by domes rise to complete the elaborate fireplace – close inspection reveals a number of locusts delicately carved into its wood. To its right, the original individual bell pushes remain, to call the nursery, main, pantry or housekeeper, offering a glimpse into aristocratic Victorian society.