The Drawing Room

 

This room, like all the other principal rooms on the ground floor, was wallpapered following the Soane restoration. But there is no mention of wall colours or papers in the correspondence in the Soane Museum and it seems likely that the decorative finishes were decided on by the client. Soane himself seldom used wallpaper and the intention underlying the present decorative scheme is to create a sequence of colours that Soane might have chosen had he been free to do so. We have no record of a Soane room painted in lapis lazuli blue, but this, a pure earth colour, is one he might well have seen in southern Italy during his tour there at the start of his career. In any case, this room has for generations been known as the “Blue Room”.

The Drawing Room, like the other principal rooms, occupies the same space as the 18th century original, but Soane has softened the effect very subtly by curving the southern corners of the room. The cornice is a straight replica of that in the Eating Room. As in the Eating Room, a pair of doors originally opening into the Drawing Room were about a foot lower than the present mahogany ones end the door surround was lower to match. The fireplace is a modern reproduction in a design similar to that in the Eating Room. The original fireplace, probably dating from Soane’s time, was a surprisingly ornate affair which was removed by the previous owners when they sold the house in 1947.