Friday, March 7, 2014
This is the last post in the Holkham Hall Revisited pictorial series, and I think we have saved the best for last. These rooms are simply stunning. We start with the drawing room.
The Drawing Room
This gorgeous state room forms part of the enfilade of the piano nobile. It contains various works of art including eleven paintings and several busts of classical figures in history, such as Pythagorus, Zino, Faustina (Marcus Aurelius'wife) and Carneades (above the doors in the over mantels).
One can see the following in the photo above: On the centre of the east wall (left) there is a portrait of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, in the robes of the order of Bath, painted by Jonathan Richardson. On the centre of the west wall (right) there is a portrait of the Sir Edward Coke (founder of the family's fortunes) painted by Marcus Geerhaerts the younger. Above the four doors are landscapes by van Bloeman...
The focal point of the room is Pietro da Pietri's Madonna in gloria...
The busts on the chimney-piece are copies of Marcus Aurelius and Caracalla.
On the lower left of the fireplace is Gaspard Poussin's The Storm, Whilst on the right side of the fireplace is Claude Lorraine's Apollo flaying Marsyas...
In enfilade style we move to the South Dining Room, which again contains 11 paintings and busts in each over-mantel.
The centrepiece is Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of Coke of Norfolk.
Beautiful chairs upholstered en suite to match the walls.
Below: Naked Venus in the style of Titian (left upper wall). Hondecoeter's bird painting (right upper wall). Below each of these is a stormy landscape by Gaspard Poussin.
I am not sure of the painting above, which is different from the one listed in sources. Maybe someone out there knows?
Below: A panorama of the room. The painting on the centre of the wall on the right is Reni's Joseph and Potiphar's Wife (Ca 1730).
The details around the room were simply beautiful. Below: A brass servant's bell. You can see the red marble on the wall, with the original silk brocade trimming.
Below: An ornate pier glass above a gilded marble console.
Next we have The Saloon, popularly thought to be the grandest of the rooms at Holkham. The crimson wall hangings are made from caffoy, a fabric blended from wool, linen and silk.
Above: Peter Paul Reuben's famous depiction of the return of the holy family from Egypt.
Below:Anthony van Dyck's portrait of the Duke of Arenburg.
Above: Close up of the Reubens
Below: Detail of the marble urn on the table below
Below: Detail of the table top
Below: Detail of the carved table legs
Below: Panorama of the saloon
Above: The paintings above each of the fireplaces were commissioned in Rome by Coke when he was on his grand tour. They are Andrea Procaccini's Tarquin raping Lucretia (left) and Giussepi Bartolomeo Chiari's Perseus and Andromeda (right).
Below: Details of the Fireplace below the Chiari.
Above: Central door into Saloon, with large over-mantel containing a bust of Hera/Juno, 2 large torchieres and 2 large Chinese porcelain jars with Little dogs on top...
We finish this series' tour with The Landscape Room...
The room is upholstered in vibrant red damask and contains 22 old masters, 7 of them by Claude Lorraine and 5 by Gaspard Poussin (Nicolas Poussin's brother in law). Claude Lorraine is one of my favourite artists. I love the ancient capricios he painted, the follies, the gardens and the mythological subjects. I was lucky to find a relatively good copy of a Lorraine when I was visiting my mother in Nelson (picture here). It will hang above the sideboard in the formal dining room at WBP (which also has red damask walls).
Apart from Giordano's St Johnthe Baptist Preaching (below), all the rest are landscapes.
Well, that concludes our tour of the gardens and interiors of Hokham Hall. We will be back this weekend with a brief update of what's happening back at WBP.