It includes the enclosed loggia with Luigi Mayer's classical landscapes, its walls painted a rich Pompeian red
, while everywhere else on this floor is hung with the original rust-and-cream woodblock wallpaper (the pattern found in an 1830 Cowtan & Sons order book preserved in the V&A).
The colors in these works, ranging from yellow, ocher, orange, and Pompeian red
and blue to acidic green, are applied in watery acrylics, as transparent and delicate as pastels.
There is also a library with mahogany bookcases and a marble fireplace, and there's a Pompeian red
staircase with ornate gold-painted cast iron spindles and frescos of tropical birds.
In "A Portrait of the Second Eye, Painted in Pompeian Red
," Mirrlees writes another Marian poem, picturing Mary and a woman from Pompeii offered the choice of a suffering divine or a deathly bacchanal; Mary makes the right choice, but the poem is made dramatic by the palpable evocation of darkness and negation.
(23) Paint pigments were often brilliant, the most famous being what has become known as "Pompeian red
", but other rich pigments--bright greens, yellows, purples, black and white--were used as well (Ling 1991:200-211).
They are painted in rather muted colours which allow the paintings to speak from their frames: Pompeian red
, slate blue and grey, and a rather dusky raw Siena.
The three panels, paradoxically in view of their content, are done in cheerful decorator colors, apart from the figures themselves: flat planes of pompeian red
and cadmium orange, with black window panels.
In the case of Pansies and Forget-me-nuts, for example, the flowers nearly occlude the stripes; the result is a sort of filigree with fleeting explosions of gold and Pompeian red
The rich 1850 Pompeian red
wall decoration uncovered in the course of the work was promptly obliterated.
For example, the Dining Room marks Soane's first use of Pompeian Red
for walls - indeed this is arguably the first domestic room in Britain to be painted entirely in a colour that was to become increasingly popular, especially for gallery interiors such as those Soane created at Dulwich of 1811.
It is a simple rectangular structure made of native stone, sheathed in plaster and painted a Pompeian red
. The floor plan for the two and one-half levels is modest, austere really.
Here, while Soane's elegant architectural shell with shallow cornices, arched recesses and mouldings was extant, little record remained of the room's original furnishing or decoration - except that it is known to have constituted Soane's first use of Pompeian Red
. Margaret Richardson, who has succeeded Thornton as Curator, explains: 'The breakfast room was done up from contemporary evidence, but we didn't know what the front room looked like.