Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Longleat House - The Interior

Longleat House is utterly, utterly amazing.
When we visited previously, all photography was strictly forbidden.
Due to the age and value of the furnishings and contents, the rooms are kept curtained
 and very dimly lit. Flash photography is still forbidden, but you are now allowed
 to photograph whatever you like  as long as you respect that dictat.

By this stage I was running out of camera battery,
as the children had borrowed the camera to take photos of
seemingly random things such as people's knees,
so I was only able to take a few shots inside. 

For me, the highlight was being able to get a shot of this: the embroidered waistcoat worn by King Charles I at his execution. The explanatory blurb is below.

The ceilings are  gorgeous and elaborate...

The State Coach

The House is full of enormous paintings by famous artists.
Many are portraits of members of the Thynne family, of course, 
just as we fill our homes with family photos !

The Visitors Book includes many famous people, notably Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

This is one of the better lit rooms, often used by the family.

And the ceiling :-)

I couldn't resist this room.
It was nigh impossible to capture the whole ceiling conventionally,
so I shot its reflection in a large gilded ormolu mirror on the wall !

The large portrait in the Nursery
is of the three oldest children of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria

A very ornate fireplace !

I can't wait to go back and take lots more photos .......
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