THE MORNING ROOM, BOWDEN HALL, UPTON ST LEONARDS, GLOUCESTER, John Dearman Birchall, Senior

THE MORNING ROOM, BOWDEN HALL, UPTON ST LEONARDS, GLOUCESTER, John Dearman Birchall, Senior

1897 England

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This charmingly quirky amateur watercolour view of a blue and white china-filled room combines the High Victorian with the Aesthetic Movement interior in 'greenery-yallery' tones most usually encountered in an avant-garde London setting.

Bowden Hall is a brick built, stucco rendered house of c.1770. Dearman Birchall bought this country house in 1868. His architect brother Edward made alterations and additions, with Aldman Heaton cited as adding to the overall scheme. The proportions and the six-panelled door of this room correspond with that date; however, its decoration is all of the late nineteenth century, the dado panelling, bookcases and coved compartments for the display of the porcelain collection. The surviving interiors of 167 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, by Mervyn Macartney of 1890, include a dining room of similar inspiration and the former Leyland house nearby at 47 Princes Gate contained the fantastic Peacock Room in which the Japanese inspired decoration resembles the Aesthetic Movement side-cabinet or buffet seen in the rear of the picture. This is derived from the work of Godwin, (represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum) and although large is probably still in existence. Several furniture makers produced such work, which equates to the vast collection of blue and white china as a highly progressive form of decoration. The bolection moulded chimney-piece has blue and white tiles, perhaps by William de Morgan. The painting of the female musician further underlines the aesthetic taste inherent in every aspect of the room including the draped centre table and the brass corona chandelier, a Pugin-Hardman type of the 1840s.
Charlotte Gere, The House Beautiful: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Interior, London, 2000
Charles Plante, 'Old Designs with Antique Themes', House and Garden Magazine, May 1991
Michael Pick, '167 Queen's Gate', Apollo. February 1980; The English Room, London, 1985
Ian Grant, Great Interiors, London, 1967
Dimensions
Height 253.00 cm (99.61 inches)
Width 355.00 cm (139.76 inches)
Medium
Watercolour and pencil with white heightening
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Inscribed: The morning room Bowden Hall by JD Birchall, Senior (verso on a paper label)
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