State Drawing Room

This was once the large Dining Room, the right-hand bay being the original Tudor oriel window, dating from the sixteenth century (its counterpart nearest to the King James Room was added in the eighteenth century).


The State Drawing Room

The decoration here is an overlay of elements from various schemes over the centuries, the earliest being the Palladian overmantel and the coffered arches to the bays. The papier mâché festoons and pendants adorning the walls, were created for the 3rd Duke of Ancaster and his wife, Mary Panton in the eighteenth century, whereas the splendid stucco ceiling was created in the 1920s as part of the redecoration of Grimsthorpe by the American heiress, Eloise Breese, Countess of Ancaster.

Some of the objects that can be found in this room include…