The Drawing Room

The Drawing RoomLike the dining room, the drawing room had very expensive furnishings and elaborate decoration. According to Fielding's probate inventory, the drawing room contained three tables, a set of ten chairs, a set of twelve prints, a looking glass, and a carpet. Here the Lewises kept their teaware, glassware, and silver. Some of the most valuable furnishings were in this room, which was the setting for activities such as tea drinking, card playing, and visiting. Its architecture also suggests the social use of the drawing room.

The plasterwork over the fireplace and on the ceiling makes this room one of the most elaborately decorated in the house, a room suited for displaying status and wealth. This ceiling features the seasons of the year in each of its corners, including palm Drawing of four seasons plasterwork ceilingfronds for spring, grapes for summer, oak leaves and acorns for autumn, and mistletoe for winter. View a large (2 MB) drawing of the ceiling.

This ceiling is also an important record of the 19th-century history of Kenmore. William Key Howard, Jr., whose family purchased the house in 1881, was a talented craftsman. He restored the plasterwork ceilings which had deteriorated with age and from damage inflicted by artillery fire during the Civil War. The ceilings, as restored, are now largely the way they looked when the Stucco Man was finished in 1775.

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