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London, England, United Kingdom
January 6, 2012
From journal Weekend in Bury St Edmunds
November 3, 2010
From journal Some Stately Homes in or close to Norfolk
October 7, 2001
Construction on Ickworth House began in 1795, and the Earl Bishop viewed it as more of a museum than a comfortable home. His extensive art, silver and furniture collections is now on display in the house.
The first room you visit is the Dining Room - it has 6 large silver candleabra, on the right hand wall is a lovely picture of the Hervey Sisters in identical white dresses with blue sashes.
The library has 4 pillars. They are ground marble over a wood frame and hollow. The silk on the curtains and couches is made in Sudbury. There is a very nice painting by Benjamin West of the death of General Wolfe on the Plains of Abraham.
The Drawing Room has a beautiful portrait of Lady Elizabeth Foster by Angelika Kaufman and a portrait of the Earl Bishop by Viger Lebrun. The chandeliers in this room were made in Birmingham. A man came with scroll designs and stood on a stool so they could pick which one looked best in each room.
The Pompeian Room has several gorgeous tables made of mosaic and marble from tombs along the Appian Way in Rome. The ceiling of the room is a dome, amazing.
When you first go upstairs there is a beautiful display of the fan collection of the 3rd Marchioness of Bristol. Some of the fans are from as early as the 18th century.
One of the bedrooms has a beautiful and unusual Ventitian Murano Glass chandelier. It is very colorful and the guide in that room said that people seem to either love or hate it, with most women loving it. Me too.
The Museum Room housed some of the massive silver collection, (a silver baby rattle and a huge wine cistern were among my favorities) as well as cases of miniatures (a beatiful one of Georgiana Devonshire and Elizabeth Foster, who shared the love of the Duke of Devonshire and yet remained close friends), snuffboxes and perfume bottles.
We ended our tour with a visit to the gift shop and a bit of play acting which my pictures will show.
Open May-Oct daily except Monday and Thursday 1-5pm. 5.7 pounds entrance. On the Great British Heritage Pass.
From journal Travels in East Anglia