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Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259 Featured Georgian Architecture Image

Chiswick House, Red Velvet Room ceiling J970259

CHISWICK HOUSE, London. Interior. View of the ceiling in the Red Velvet Room.
The ceiling is inset with painted panels attributed to William Kent and has usually been interpreted as an allegory of the Arts. The panels around the edge, for example, incorporate musical instruments, portrait roundels of gods and goddesses (Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Diana and Apollo) and their appropriate Zodiac signs. In the central panel the messenger god Mercury hovers above a stone arch, below which is a group of figures with further emblems of the visual arts: Architecture is represented by a bare-chested woman with a set square and a cherub with a plan of a Roman temple, Sculpture by a fallen bust of Inigo Jones, and Painting by a woman unveiling a self-portrait of Kent.
The radical alternative interpretation of this symbolism is that it alludes to the ritual of the Royal Arch masonic lodge. Red is the Royal Arch colour, so the red velvet on the walls is symbolic, as is the red drape which is being removed to reveal Kent's portrait in the ceiling. The traditional implements of the architect and sculptor, depicted in the ceiling, are likewise masonic emblems, while the combination of an arch below a rainbow which occurs in the ceiling painting was apparently a common subject of early Royal Arch lodge banners. The suggestion, therefore, is that this room could have been designed by Burlington and Kent - both of whom were certainly freemasons - to function as a masonic meeting place

© Jeremy Young

Royal Crescent EPW001949 Featured Georgian Architecture Image

Royal Crescent EPW001949

BATH, Somerset. Aerial view of the Royal Crescent, Bath, built between 1767 and 1774 by John Wood. It is considered amongst the greatest examples of Georgian architecture. Photographed in July 1920. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

© Historic England

Aerial, Georgian

Chiswick House K020290 Featured Georgian Architecture Image

Chiswick House K020290

CHISWICK HOUSE, London. A view of part of the entrance portico seen through tree branches. Palladian style showing columns, capitals and a section of the pediment

© Historic England

Column, Detail, Entrance, Georgian, Portico