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The State Bedroom, Lobby to the Red Room, the West Sketch Gallery and the West Stairs


The State Bedroom

Of particular interest in this room is the bed housed here. It was in this very bed that George II died. King George V and Queen Mary stayed here in 1933.

The ceiling in this bedroom, like many others was painted by Louis Laguerre

The room also houses two paintings by Sir Peter Lely (1618-80): The Rape of Europa and Portrait of Eleanor Needham, Lady Byron. There are also paintings by Luca Giordano: Flight into Egypt, pictured below and Venus and Adonis attributed to Simon Vouet partially visible in the same image.

The State Bedroom: a detail of the painted ceiling by Laguerre

The State Bedroom: the painting by Luca Giordano The Flight into Egypt

Lobby to the Red Room and the West Sketch Gallery

As the visitor continues his visit he passes throught the Lobby to the Red Room West where he can admire a number of interesting paintings including: Bartolomeo Schedoni (1578-1615), Madonna and Child; Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685), Peasants Drinking in a Tavern; Jacques Courtois, il Bourgigone, A Cavalry Skirmish; John Wooton (c. 1678-1764), A View of Chiswick House; Gaspard Dughet, called Gaspard Poussin, Landscape with a view of San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome; David Tenniers the Younger (1610-1690), The Misers; Adriaen Brouwer (1606-1638), Peasants Singing in a Tavern; Jan Breughel the Elder (1568-1625), The Casting out of the Swine; and two painting by Philips Wouwermans (1619-1668, A cavalry Skirmish andTraveller outside a Farrier's Shop.

The Red Room itself houses a painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) depicting Margaret Russell, Countess of Carlisle and her daughter.


On display in the West Sketch Gallery (added in 1834-1835) there is a number of paintings depicting various members of the Cavendish family. These include paintings by Ralph Peacock (1868-1946), Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723), Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952), John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), Philip de László (1869-1937), George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), Anton van Maron (1733-1808), and Thomas Hudson.


The West Stairs

The west staircase is richly adorned. The painted ceiling by Sir John Thornhill (1676-1734) is one of his early works. The iron balustrade of this staircase is by a local craftsman John Gardom and was constructed in 1702. Sculptures on display are mainly by Henri Nadauld (1653-1723). Among the painting of interest is Jacopo Tintoretto's Samson and Delilah. The works of other artists are present including Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669), Domenichino (1581-1641) and Salvator Rosa (1615-1673).

A View of the West Stairs Ceiling by Sir John Thornhill


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