A Cheeky Welcome

Mt Stewart 1
Peep around the life-size marble sculpture of Venus newly-emerged from her bath and you can see a view of the central hall at Mount Stewart, County Down. This octagonal space was designed in the 1830s by William Vitruvius Morrison for the third Marquess of Londonderry. In the 19th century it was decorated with suits of armour and lit by coloured glass in the dome above the first-floor gallery. Then in the last century the walls were painted a lusty red, the gallery’s balustrade replaced with ironwork and the original pale stone floor covered in a black and white checkerboard pattern. Mount Stewart reopens to the public this week after several years of restoration undertaken by the National Trust which has now returned the central hall’s walls to their intended cooler tones; plans are afoot also to remove the present floor covering and reveal the stone beneath.

3 comments on “A Cheeky Welcome

  1. oglach says:

    Enjoyed the post. Love the view.

  2. Shannon says:

    I love that they are going to take it back to the original stone floors. (And it’s good to see a female statue that doesn’t look under-nourished. )

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