About Syon House » Long Gallery
The Long Gallery was planned by Adam for the particular delight of the ladies. On entering the Long Gallery visitors will see a false bookcase on the right which is in fact a door leading to the south lawn. Ladies and other guests could promenade the length of the gallery, which measures 136ft (41.4m) and is highlighted by a decorative turret room at either end.
Adam’s design used 62 Corinthian pilasters, gilded and painted, along with classical trailing stucco mouldings, to replace the heavy Jacobean panelled walls. The gallery’s colour in Adam’s day was bright pink and blue, and these original colours have been uncovered after a conservator’s investigation. A green colour wash was added by the 3rd Duchess in the nineteenth century, giving the softer hue you see today.
Roundels of the Percy family lineage run the length of the room, with portraits of Dukes and Duchesses on one side and the Earls of Northumberland on the other. Modern family photographs now sit on Demi-Lune pier tables designed by Adam.
As with all of Syon House, the Long Gallery has seen much history and it is said that Lady Jane Grey was offered the crown in the gallery in 1553.
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