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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