Richard Norman Shaw, RA (Edinburgh 1831 - London 1912)
In 1884 the Prince and Princess of Wales (later Edward VII and Queen Alexandra), visited Cragside to see the ‘Palace of the Modern Magician’. The architect, Norman Shaw, was commissioned to convert part of the house into a guest suite fit for Royalty. The Royal Couple were provided with a plumbed-in wash stand in each bedroom and a sunken bath, with hot and cold running water. This bed was designed by Shaw especially for the ‘Owl Suite’. The bed is carved from American Black Walnut, unfortunately the reason behind the owl finials is unknown.
Walnut bedstead with carved oak finials (.1), with box mattress (.2), hair mattress (.3) and feather pillow (.4), designed by Norman Shaw; drapes in pale green cotton with dark green leaf design (T/204). Head curtains 1978/9 S Pettit HBR.
Armstrong collection. Transferred by the Treasury to The National Trust in 1977 via the National Land Fund, aided by 3rd Baron Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside (1919 - 1987).
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Richard Norman Shaw, RA (Edinburgh 1831 - London 1912), designer