The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 284 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 Excerpt: ...of which is only partly vaulted. The hall is on the first floor, and is 35 feet by 21 feet. The ceiling, which has been recently disclosed by the removal of a lath and plaster covering which concealed it, is formed with twelve beams with boarding above, making eleven panels; and both beams and panels are entirely covered with painted ornament of a Renaissance character (Fig. 828), the colours principally used being red, black, a light green, and flesh colour for the faces and busts of human beings. The walls appear to have been hung with tapestry, as they are rough; but the window recesses are of ashlar work, which has been painted. The basement (only partly vaulted) has been used as cellars--one of the original holes being still visible in the north-west gable, indicating that the gable was an outside wall when erected. The present ornamental doorways are evidently more modern. There are also ornamental plus ter ceilings (Fig. 829), which, from a date on one of them (Fig. 830), appear to have been put up in 1680; and these are contiguous to the hall, but in a retired part of the building, being in the two upper stories above the kitchen. Figs. 830 and 831 show the naturalistic style of plaster ornament so much employed in the seventeenth century. Being under suspicion, Sir Hew seems to have kept himself retired, and may have employed himself in these details of the buildings. He appears to have continued building, as a lintel with his initials and the date 1670 exists at the stables on the west side of the courtyard. He also seems, in 1675, to have erected the building at the north-west angle of the court, probably to accommodate the members of his family who bad reached manhood. In 1685 he was again imprisoned, and was forfeited, the estate being gifted t...

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