The tour was fascinating, and I certainly want to negotiate access again as there is so much to take in.
There were a number of rooms where we had to watch where we were standing as the original Axminster carpets from the 1700's were still intact. Instead, digital photographs printed onto fabric were positioned on top of the originals on the floor. The same technique was used to replicate the tapestries that are usually located in the tapestry room but are currently being restored. The resemblance to the originals is somewhat remarkable, and has made me consider digital printing as a possible process to use in making artwork.
One of my favourite parts of the building was the Pewter Corridor. The original decorated ceilings were completed in 1908, but in the 1960s was painted over in battleship grey paint. In 2010, a section of the original highly elaborate decorative pattern was revealed by a team who spent 3 months painstakingly picking off the layer of grey paint to reveal what lied beneath. From this single dome, other artists were able to replicate the design on the other domes along the corridor.
I am particularly interested in taking from the side elevations of some of the items of furniture.
As always, I was keen to get my hands on one of the maps of the estate, and am thinking of producing my own version of a map.