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Stucco drapery detail in the Boudoir


The Morrisons were clearly familiar with a great variety of architectural works, such Stuart and Revett’s Antiquities of Athens.   James Stuart and Nicholas Revett were British architects who travelled in Greece from 1751 to 1754 to record and measured the ancient ruins, particularly those of the Acropolis in Athens. They published their findings in The Antiquities of Athens, the first volume of which appeared in 1762.

Evidence of another architect’s influence can be seen in the stucco drapery decorating the lunette in the Boudoir. (In architecture a lunette is a half moon space). This is believed to have been inspired by the architect and interior designer Thomas Hope (1769-1831). Hope was a very influential designer and his extensive Grand Tour travels in Europe, Greece, Turkey and Egypt inspired his interest in antiquities as a source of designs for Regency interiors, furniture and metalwork.

He published views of his house and his designs, with details of his sources in a book: Household Furniture and Decoration (1807). As part of Hope's campaign to improve the taste of designers and craftsmen, the book had black and white illustrations, to reduce costs, and he included a scale for his furniture designs.

This link shows how Hope used the same device:


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