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The Drawing Room, Bramall Hall, Cheshire

Joseph Nash
circa 1849

Watercolour of the Drawing Room in Bramall Hall; Unsigned but attributed to Joseph Nash.

Joseph Nash was an English artist who produced watercolours and lithographs. Nash famously published a lithographical series entitled ‘Mansions of England in the Olden Time’ (1839-1849), showcasing the exteriors and interiors of English buildings of architectural significance.

As a prime example of a decorative timber framed building, four lithographs of Bramall Hall were produced as part of this series; print copies of which are held in Stockport Museums collections. Nash was often asked to produce private work for the owners of the historic houses he portrayed, and this watercolour is most probably one of these commissions.

The watercolour shows us how the room appeared during the early Victorian period. The wall tapestries and the original colours of the relief above the fireplace differ from how the room is presented today.

Purchased with funding from the Friends of Bramall Hall, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The Art Fund.