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The room has a light architectural framework of delicate moulded tracery around the frieze and the centre pendant light fitting. The Biedermeier and French Directoire styles are suggested by the furniture and light window curtains, although the close-fitted carpet is both later and in fact more extensive than was usual, indicating the affluence of the owner. A fat upholstered sofa under the portrait is an indication that the room was in use as late as the date on the painting. This may well be the room later used by the Duchess of Teck, mother of Princess May (later HM Queen Mary) and vividly described in the various accounts of their visit in 1892. The throne of Wurttemburg was a sore point with both Queen Victoria and the Duke and Duchess of Teck, for it involved a highly complicated line of succession that had led to a Catholic incumbent, something deprecated intensely by the Queen. This was felt even more intensely by the Duke and Duchess, who considered the throne rightfully theirs. During the visit in 1892, the Duchess was annoyed by the muslin curtains hung over her writing table, as seen here, for when her necessary table lamp was lit they and the room caught fire, subsequently consuming the table and almost the adjoining family suites. Strangely, all of the photographs of Prince Eddy, Princess May's intended husband, were burnt. Typically, the Duchess blamed the stupidity of the curtain arrangement and the Duke rejoiced that the unfashionable Empire rooms were so damaged that something new and fashionable had to be built. They were soon moved to a small summer villa outside Stuttgart.
Ulrich Grobmann, Mein Blauer Salon: Zimmerbilder der Biedermeierzeit, Nurnberg, 1995 James Pope-Hennessey, Queen Mary. London, 1959
|Height||229.00 mm||(9.02 inches)|
|Width||292.00 mm||(11.50 inches)|