Osterley Park is a mansion located in the western suburbs of London. To this day, it is regarded as one of the most finest examples of prominent neoclassical style in England.
This mansion was close to London, and served as a country retreat for very wealthy families. Some of the other well known retreats of this type near London include Syon House and Chiswick House.
The origins of this property trace back to banker Sir Thomas Gresham, who owned the property and had a house built in the 1570s. The stately brick house was completed in 1576. Gresham also bought the neighboring Manor of Boston in 1572. Fast forward two hundred years, the manor house fell into disrepair, and became the ownership of Sir Francis Child, the head of Child’s Bank, after a mortgage default. In 1761 he employed Robert Adam, an emerging fashionable architect in England, to remodel the house. The rooms were personalized by elaborate plasterwork, rich color schemes, and furnished in the English neoclassical style.
Today the house has been preserved as it would have been in the 1780s thanks to the National Trust. The formal gardens also have been transformed from an overgrown wilderness, back to their 18th century grandeur. The gardens today smell smell like roses, and contain ornamental vegetables beds. After walking through the great white portico, you would then cross the courtyard and enter into the magnificent hall.
The Entrance Hall To Osterley Park House
The entrance hall to Osterley Park House was created in 1767. Constructed as an all-purpose room, the Hall was used as a saloon, reception room and occasional dining room. The play between the different shapes makes this space breathtaking. Its rectangular space is enhanced by semicircular alcoves at each end, both with a fireplace flanked by large semi-circular alcoves filled with statues.
Stucco panels of military trophies adorn the walls, which were originally inspired by Augustus on the Campidoglio in Rome. Adam created similar stucco trophies for Syon Park. The color scheme is neutral, greys and whites with the floor in a black pattern on white marble. The floor was designed around white Portland stone and red sandstone.
The State Bed Room
In the State bedroom stands a spectacular bed, made according to Adam’s design in 1776. Adam also designs the hangings and interior of the dome. In this room can be seen another exquisite ceiling by Kauffman.
The Breakfast Room
This room has a terrific view of the park and was used as a sitting room. This room was re-designed in the 19th century, but the colors and some of the furniture are original to Adam’s design. The drawing for this design can be seen at Sir John Soane’s museum in London.
The Etruscan Room
The Etruscan room was inspired by ancient designs discovered in Italy. This room particularly was designed around Sir William Hamilton’s collection of Etruscan, Grecian and Roman vases. A set of 8 chairs were created to match the design featured on the ceilings and walls of this room. The furniture is attributed to Chippendale.
The Tapestry Room
The Tapestry Room was designed to hold a set of magnificent tapestries designed by Francois Boucher. Many of Adam’s other clients also had similar rooms, with tapestries ordered from the Gobelins factory in Paris. A sofa and eight matching armchairs were specially created and upholstered to match the tapestries.
Osterley Park House is available to the public, and also contains the original furniture which Adam designed.
-The Genius of Robert Adam – Classical Addiction
-Take a tour of Osterley Park House on Youtube- here
-Beautiful Pictures of Osterley Park Seen at Trip Advisor –here
-Collection Highlights Of Osterley Park At National Trust- here
-Heston and Isleworth – Osterley Park –British History Online
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