Georgian House Museum: Interiors - Table of Contents....................  Charlotte Square - Table of Contents

Lobby, Stair hall, and Drawing room - Georgian House Museum
7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
Official Website - Georgian House Museum

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Lobby and Stair hall

Drawing room

2017 photos

Lobby and Stair hall

"When the Trust took over the building, there was evidence in the Entrance Hall [lobby] of marbling and imitation courses of masonry, but beneath these was found the delicate green which was in fact used throughout the house. The ceiling and restrained cornice, so typical of Edinburgh houses built towards the end of the eighteenth century, had been a 'warm' white colour, which has been copied."  - "The Georgian House," Introduction.  Brochure sold at the museum.

Fireplace features cast iron hob grate  detailed below:

Cast iron hob grate   ...   Brass fender with stylized claw feet   ...   Detail below:

Pendant bellfowers decorate the hobs    ...   Shell decorates the center of the skirt


Daybed   ...   Detail below:

Reeding   ...   Caster

Lobby in background    ...   Stair hall in foreground   ...   Fanlight above double doors

Painted cast iron balusters  with wooden handrail ...   Detail below:

Looking up the staircase: oval dome at top of staircase   ...   Another view below:

Corner chair

Drawing room

"When the house was first occupied, guests would have been taken straight to the Drawing Room, where they would have been received by their host and hostesses.  The room has been arranged in a formal eighteenth century manner, to be used for entertaining, for promenade [a march of guests into a ballroom constituting the opening of a formal ball] and for important occasions. For everyday living the back drawing room or parlour would have been used."  - "The Georgian House," Introduction.  Brochure sold at the museum.

Square piano by Richard Horsburgh dates from about 1805

Boxwood flute with silver and ivory mounts, c. 1805

Wallpaper border:  Ribbon-supported bellflower swags and rosette designs  ...   Carved, gilded drapery cornice above silk taffeta draw-up festoon curtains

Pocket shutters

Pier glass and console table   ... Pier glass is a 1790s copy of the one in Leith Hall, another National Trust for Scotland museum in northern Scotland  ...   Three details below:

Detail #1 - Gilded Neoclassical style mirror   ...   Prince of Wales feathers at top   ...   Scrolling acanthus leaves

Detail #2 - Console table with applied ribbons and swags motif on curved skirt   ...   Fluted legs   ...   Detail below:

Detail #3

Marble fireplace  does not belong to the house, but came from No. 5 Charlotte Square    ...    The green colour on the walls is based on the National Trust's research into paint schemes at Robert Adam's Culzean Castle, which was being decorated when Charlotte Square was built   ...   Four details below:

Detail #1 - Marble   ...   Dentil molding   ...   Ionic capital on pilaster

Detail #2 -
Urn finial on hob grate  ...   Fanned papers are arranged in the hearth when the fire is not lit 

Detail #3 - Fire screen   ...   Panel detail below:

Detail #4

Three details below:

Detail #1 - Sconce:   ...   Ribbons   ...   Acanthus leaves ...   Pendant bellflowers

Detail #2 - Sofa

Detail #3 - 
Fluted legs    ...   Feraghan carpet

Photos and their arrangement 2017 Chuck LaChiusa
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