THE CONSULTING ROOMS OF NO 2 RODNEY STREET, LIVERPOOL, Ellen S Bickerstaffe

THE CONSULTING ROOMS OF NO 2 RODNEY STREET, LIVERPOOL, Ellen S Bickerstaffe

1830 England

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This elegantly conceived and executed fitted library, depicted with some skill and detail in all its comfortable solidity, sums up the remarkable affluence of the mercantile port of Liverpool. We know that the owner was a prominent local surgeon. The view from the window reveals an uninspiring brick terrace, rather than a vista of parkland as might be expected and is therefore carefully screened at the base of the large window by a tripartite green silk pleated inset panel. The quantity of light demanded by the proportions of the room is barely possible for much of the year in the urban surroundings visible, hence the immense window. This library relies upon the typically recessed panelled folding wooden shutters for warmth and security as well as for reflected light, for there are no curtains, merely a pelmet board with attendant deep fringe to diffuse the beams of any strong sun light and so every scrap of daylight is caught to best advantage.

The late Regency furnishings with some later additions are in the form of more sturdy upholstered armchairs from the William IV era. The fitted bookcases with cabinets beneath embellished by scrolls and lions masks are undoubtedly mahogany and could well be by Gillow. Certainly, this is the concept of a remarkably well-informed client and furnisher, fully conversant with all the latest nuances of taste as disseminated by widely read journals such as Ackermann's Repository. There is an informed scholastic reticence in their design and that of the neo-Grecian chimneypiece, which is at one with the furniture, all revealing the educated taste of the time. The artist successfully captures the well-tested mixture of colours. A soft green and yellow close-fitted carpet is an inviting foil to the more lush reds of the upholstered furniture, all a soothing diversion for patient and consultant from the busy Liverpool life of the period and pre-dating the more corpulent forms of sprung upholstery soon to become fashionable on the floors of the rich like so many grazing herds of well-fed hippopotami.
Dimensions
Height 203.00 mm (7.99 inches)
Width 292.00 mm (11.50 inches)
Medium
Watercolour
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Inscribed: "Consulting Room 2 Rodney Street, Liverpool, Right sideentrance Hall facing Rodney Street, original painted by Ellen S Bickerstaffe, 2 nd daughter of Robert Bickerstaffe, FRCS"
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