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The Drawing Room at Middleton Park, Oxfordshire

William Alfred Delamotte1839

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This interior displays a combination of flamboyant chinoiserie motifs and mundane English Regency chairs and case furniture. Bamboo is used in additional furniture, as well as in door panels, shutter panels and the fretwork frame of the overmantel mirror. The ceiling frieze painted blue with gold Chinese characters and the hanging birdcage compliment the Chinese wallpaper and porcelains. Books and baskets are casually scattered on the floor; flowers and plants, in true Victorian style, decorate the room. The elaborate drapery treatment is very much of the period.

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  • Title: The Drawing Room at Middleton Park, Oxfordshire
  • Creator: William Alfred Delamotte
  • Date Created: 1839
  • Signed: Lower left: 1840/ W. A. D. Lower right: NA William Delamotte, 1839 Oxford, in graphite.
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Christopher Wood Gallery, London
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.London, Christopher Wood Gallery. Annual Summer Exhibition of Fine English Watercolors and Drawings, 1990, No. 4? [Illus.].
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 60 x 75.6 x 2.5 cm (23 5/8 x 29 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 28.9 x 38 cm (11 3/8 x 14 15/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Charlotte Gere and Floramae McCarron-Cates, " House Proud, From Amateur to Professional and from Grand to Comfortable, " in Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 46-47, fig. 22; 97, fig. 26.Christopher Wood Gallery, Annual Summer Exhibition of Fine English Watercolors and Drawings, London, 1990, No. 4? [Illus.].
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor, gold paint and gouache, graphite on white wove paper

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