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Framed Print of Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259

Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259
Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259
CHISWICK HOUSE, London. Interior. View of the ceiling in the Red Velvet Room. The ceiling is inset with painted panels attributed to William Kent and has usually been interpreted as an allegory of the Arts. The panels around the edge, for example, incorporate musical instruments, portrait roundels of gods and goddesses (Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Diana and Apollo) and their appropriate Zodiac signs.

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Framed Print of Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259

CHISWICK HOUSE, London. Interior. View of the ceiling in the Red Velvet Room.
The ceiling is inset with painted panels attributed to William Kent and has usually been interpreted as an allegory of the Arts. The panels around the edge, for example, incorporate musical instruments, portrait roundels of gods and goddesses (Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Diana and Apollo) and their appropriate Zodiac signs. In the central panel the messenger god Mercury hovers above a stone arch, below which is a group of figures with further emblems of the visual arts: Architecture is represented by a bare-chested woman with a set square and a cherub with a plan of a Roman temple, Sculpture by a fallen bust of Inigo Jones, and Painting by a woman unveiling a self-portrait of Kent.
The radical alternative interpretation of this symbolism is that it alludes to the ritual of the Royal Arch masonic lodge. Red is the Royal Arch colour, so the red velvet on the walls is symbolic, as is the red drape which is being removed to reveal Kent's portrait in the ceiling. The traditional implements of the architect and sculptor, depicted in the ceiling, are likewise masonic emblems, while the combination of an arch below a rainbow which occurs in the ceiling painting was apparently a common subject of early Royal Arch lodge banners. The suggestion, therefore, is that this room could have been designed by Burlington and Kent - both of whom were certainly freemasons - to function as a masonic meeting place

We are proud to offer this print from Historic England Photo Library in collaboration with Historic England

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© Jeremy Young

Media ID 1900287

Ceiling , Decorative , Painting

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Wooden framed 20x16 print incorporating a digital mat effect. Overall outside dimensions are 22x18 inches (559x457mm). Finished back features brown backing paper, hanging bracket and corner bumpers. Glazed with durable Styrene Plastic to provide a virtually unbreakable glass-like finish, easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Maximum size of printed image is 16"x12"

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> Architecture > Styles > Georgian Architecture

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> Europe > United Kingdom > England > Kent > Stone

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> Historic England > Architecture > Georgian Architecture

> Historic England > Fine Art > Biblical and mythical scenes

> Historic England > Fine Art > Other paintings in London

> Historic England > Heritage > English Stately Homes > Chiswick House > Chiswick House interiors

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