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Entrance Hall

Entrance Hall

The entrance hall features a marble tiled floor (with brass studs for fixing carpet) and gilded coffered ceiling. The olive green walls are stencilled with a pattern of chestnut leaves in a darker green. The frieze, signed by T.W. (Thomas Wallace) Hay, is painted in oils on canvas/paper. The south wall features The Hunt in classical mythology, with figures of Diana, Endymion, Iphigenia, Alpheus and others. The north wall features allegorical figures - Peace, War, Navigation, Science etc. The dado designed by Bruce James Talbert and manufactured by Jeffrey & Co., features embossed wallpaper, an imitation of leather, with a design of cherubs and grapevines in ruby and gold.

The two large columns (originally part of the St George's porch) featured deep reds, greens, blues and a generous application of gold. The two doors leading off the Entrance Hall are panelled in wallpaper with a leaf pattern. Over each door is the Latin word 'Salve', meaning 'Greetings'. The front door has frosted and stained glass and coloured panels, featuring two ladies, Flora, the goddess of flowers, and Pomona, the goddess of fruits.