Painted Hall to Get Lottery Cash

The ever-alert Ian Visits has just discovered that The Heritage Lottery Fund has just awarded £29,000 to the restoration fund for the Painted Hall. And not before time, too. The poor old place hasn’t been touched for almost 60 years and it’s showing – sundry cracks, peeling, glazing, a sort of white film across some of the paint and what I can only assume is the remains of an egg thrown against the end wall (about half way up, on the side near the Nelson room – it catches rather alarmingly in the artificial light) are all signs that it needs a good old spruce up.

I’m looking forward to seeing it all nice again, and looking for my own Top Five fave things in the painting. Two of them, of course, being The Ghostly Hand and the Creepy Foot, another being the grizzled features of John Worley, the irascible, drunken old pensioner benignly interpreting ‘Winter’ on the main ceiling. My other two favourite bits are George I’s mum’s hat – see (not very good) photo above (I’m thinking of having a tricorn made in the shape of Phantom Towers as an homage) – and the top of George’s sceptre. I don’t think it’s Masonic (thought it could be, of course) but that eye is very disconcerting.

But maybe there are even better bits in the Painted Hall. What are your favourite painted secrets?


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3 Comments to “Painted Hall to Get Lottery Cash”

  1. Old China says:

    John Worley for me too. I point him out to every visitor I take around the hall. If memory serves wasn’t his posing for the picture a punishment for drunkeness and lechery?

    And now he’s immortal!

  2. RogerW says:

    Hmmm… that hat looks a little bit French, if I’m not mistaken.
    There are female statues representing the major cities of France, around the corners of the Place De La Concorde, and most if not all of them have been adorned with headgear in the shape of a fashionable castle.

  3. Capability Bowes says:

    Its not a hat, its a double-winged building. Throughout architecture (not only French) its a convention that female figures representing a city or town, some aspect of architecture itself or civic allegory are crowned with a building or architectural details. In the case of historical figures, its usually a building with which they were associated in some way, perhaps becasuse they endowed it. So the “hat” should ultimately be identifiable as a building that George I’s mother was connected with. Your mission, Phant, is to go find out what it is.