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Calke Abbey - The House 1/5

Over recent months I have shown you the grounds, gardens, lakes and church at Calke Abbey, a National trust property quite near to us, and so to finish off, a few shots from inside the house. Like all such places flash is not allowed, which cramps ones choice of shots, so this is part of one of the main reception rooms, this one called the Saloon or Salon. Note the hunting trophies above the doors, you will see some more of these later this week.

 

Calke Abbey - The House 1/5

Over recent months I have shown you the grounds, gardens, lakes and church at Calke Abbey, a National trust property quite near to us, and so to finish off, a few shots from inside the house. Like all such places flash is not allowed, which cramps ones choice of shots, so this is part of one of the main reception rooms, this one called the Saloon or Salon. Note the hunting trophies above the doors, you will see some more of these later this week.

 

comments (23)

one could spend hours observing such rooms stacked so much
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Ayush.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Dec 2012, 03:04
Are the pictures of conquest trophies, Brian?
Brian Walbey: I don't know about all of them Ray but the lady top right might be smile
Wow! Quite a lot to look at in there!!
Brian Walbey: Yes there always is in these places Elizabeth.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Dec 2012, 06:48
Yes the sign no photo is worse than no flash,great work Brian you have captured this room well
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Dec 2012, 07:10
The gentry, it seems, were always keen on displaying their families in paintings and their hunting prowess too Brian
Brian Walbey: I don't mind the families but the hunting bit isn't really to my liking.
There is a lot to see in this one room Brian... well framed... i see that they have collected a lot of the King's Deere... you can never have too many hat racks around the housegrin....petersmile
Brian Walbey: There is always plenty to see in such places Peter, I guess the Deer thing must be a male prowess thing.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Dec 2012, 08:48
Rather fine central portrait - do you know the artist?
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2012, 09:06
Oh deer me! Oh, deer me! grin Beautiful, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I'm one of these people who thinks lovely animals like Deer should be left alone, not shot for sport, but I am amused by your pun.
  • Chad Doveton
  • where latitude and longitude meet
  • 10 Dec 2012, 09:38
Difficult for the occupants to admire the paintings when they are hung so high but presumably that was the idea of the design.
Brian Walbey: Yes I've often thought the same Chad.
Looks very impressive, cool, refined and elegant. Except for hunting trophies - they give me the creeps, wherever they are.
Brian Walbey: I'm not a lover of the hunting trophies, these animals are far too nice to kill for sport.
Love the light and colours you've captured here Brian, nicely framed.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred.
such grandeur
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chantal.
I remember this room well Brian. Calke is a fascinating place to visit
Brian Walbey: There is so much to look at Bill, showcases of stuff in fact, they were real hoarders.
Not an easy place to dust the paintings and trophies.
Brian Walbey: Indeed not Mary. All of these National trust properties are closed from November to March and every single item and room is thoroughly washed, dusted, polished or cleaned ready for the new season.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2012, 13:59
a very noble House and an elegant, finely lit photo, too!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is , thanks Philine.
I like the natural lighting, Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, this room had plenty of light, some of the others were a lot darker.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Dec 2012, 17:29
You've done well with the natural light. At least the national Trust now allow photography; they didn't a few years ago. I cope cope with no flash if I was allowed to use my tripod smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, fortunately this particular room was quite well lit and they didn't have all the blinds down like they do in some houses.
a very natural combination of art peaces and hunt trophies, to me,...but that's another story Brian.
Brian Walbey: How the other half used to live Juan, indeed some still do I suspect.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Dec 2012, 17:34
Thanks Brian - it was actually the one below by Tilly Kettle of Lady Frances Greville and son(!!!) I was admiring. Your link led me in the right direction though.
Brian Walbey: Glad I could be of help Mike. BTW did you see the very sad posting from Linda yesterday about her Dad (Mully).
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2012, 17:51
Lovely feel to this, I like the subdued light.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, unlike some NT houses they had the blinds well up but as you say the light was quite subdued for all that.
Wow, this is just wonderful Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Dec 2012, 21:35
You must be so pleased with this indoor picture, Brian - it is all so clear
Brian Walbey: Yes I am pleased with this one, sadly though I had to point the camera upwards because of all the people walking about.
It's well captured and presented, Brian, flash or not.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme.

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