Friday, August 30, 2013

Kedleston Hall 1

Kedleston was the abode of the famous Curzon family, from at least the 1200s, but the house dates only from the mid-18th century. It is one of the great neo-classicals, designed largely by Robert Adam, who had done a Grand Tour and came back with lots of new ideas of interest to people wishing to promote the notion of Empire. It is first and foremost a show-house of majestic proportions, flanked by a family wing and a service/servants wing, both adjoined by beautifully curving galleries. The house also contains the collection of a later Lord Curzon who was Viceroy of India at the turn of the (20th) century. I'll do an additional post on that.
Vicki presents...Kedleston Hall

Curb appeal view

Back forty view, from the ha-ha, showing the main hall and the
flanking side halls adjoined by the curving galleries

Music room

Withdrawing room

Study/library with beautiful old partner desk

And a Gentleman's Reading Chair; so-called
because a lady could not sit in it and read,
when attired


Dining Room

"Hey, careful man, there's a beverage here!"

The major show-piece: the Grand Hall, marble everywhere,
classical scenes everywhere; Hadrian would have been envious


The other show-piece, the saloon, modeled
on the Pantheon (yes, I need a much larger

1 comment:

Tawana said...

That place is pretty magnificient.