Architecture / Features & Decoration
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
North wall in Mr & Mrs Child's Bedroom. The wall appears to be plaster. There is some evidence of a possible earlier wall finish comprised of hessian stretched tightly between timber battens over a plaster wall. The hessian is attached to the battens with metal tacks then papered and painted. Some of the timber battens and metal tack heads can be seen under the current painted decoration. Staining on the wall indicates that there were festoon curtains above both windows. There are two pairs of curtain stays either side of the central pier. Three of the stays are pierced with a floral decoration. One is decorated with foliage in the centre and a beaded surround.. Included in this record are the timber elements in the window reveals and the 'shutter box'. This room is part of the Child private apartments. These interconnecting rooms were refurbished for Francis Child in 1759 by Matthew Hillyard and incorporated existing materials wherever possible. The room was decorated for the bachelor Francis Child and then used by Robert and Sarah Child. Some of the elements may date to the ownership of the house by Dr Nicholas Barbon (c 1690) and later refurbishments.