Marble Staircase

Marble Staircase

Rising Magestically

Hundreds of glittering stars adorn the vaulted ceiling, which rises majestically from the staircase below. Lavishly clad in complementing shades of white, grey and red marbles, the staircase leads you past three tremendous arched windows. Within, stained glass vines creep upwards, inter-connecting the heraldic shields of the family's direct ancestry.

High above, cradled in the spandrels of the arches are wall paintings depicting the six days of creation from the book of Genesis. However, in the final panel – the creation of man and beast – the figure of a wallaby has rather curiously been captured alongside other exotic animals often excluded from the biblical scene. The 3rd Marquess had introduced a colony of the animals to Mount Stuart in 1872, and although they are no longer with us, the once common sight of wallabies in the policies has been immortalised in this skyward frieze.

The architect of Mount Stuart, Robert Rowand Anderson, also designed the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.