In the busy run up to Christmas I was able to find a brief time slot that allowed me to visit Attingham Park for lunch and to see the house decked out for Christmas through the ages. Each room had a different feel and different styles of Christmas decorations and trees.
As in previous years one of the trees was for ‘wishes’. On a table near to the tree there were pieces of paper intended for people to write their own seasonal wishes. After writing down a wish the piece of paper was folded up into an origami shape and added to the tree. Due to my visit being just a few days before Christmas the tree was overflowing with wishes. It was lovely to see children queuing around the table eager to write and add their wishes to the tree.
During my visit to Attingham I was able to find out the latest progress on the picture gallery roof restoration project. During this project most of the pictures that normally hang in the picture gallery have been removed for storage while the work is undertaken. A few pictures have been placed at ground level next to the scaffolding for closer inspection.
One of the paintings is of Queen Charlotte wife of George III. We were told by one of the room guides that the painting had attracted a lot of attention from art experts due to Charlotte appearing to age with her hair changing colour when the painting was viewed from different angles. Some of the art experts thought the artist had deliberately painted her that way. Now that the painting is at ground level it can be seen that no special technique had been used and the effect was just a trick of light due to where the painting had been placed on the wall.