Here’s a little titbit of a history blog for you. We went to Dyrham Park near Bath at the weekend and guess what I discovered there? Only the paintings removed from the Old Theatre Royal in Bath. If you follow my blog you’ll know I wrote several on this theatre which is the theatre Jane Austen would have attended in the years she visited and then lived in Bath.
So yes Jane Austen most likely sat beneath these pictures watching a play.
The paintings, by the Italian artist, Andrea Casali, originally came from Fontinhill Splandens near Bath and then they were purchased by the Old Theatre Royal in Orchard St Bath and displayed on the ceiling there.
When the Orchard St Theatre closed n 1845 the paintings were bought by Col. Blathwayt for Dyrham, which is up on the hill above Bath, and installed in what once had been Dyrham’s great hall when it was a medieval manor house, but what had become the ballroom as well as a grand Great Hall to welcome visitors. The floor in the room at Dyrham had even been sprung for better dancing.
My Sunday blog will be about a 17th Century Wiltshire love nest and the Lord who built it for his preferred Lady.
My other blogs on the Theatre Royal Bath are;
I discovered a real gem to add to my blogs on Bath yesterday – the old Royal Theatre, Orchard Street, Bath – Jane Austen was certainly a visitor there
The Theatre Royal, Orchard St, Bath, was the Theatre Jane Austen attended – I’ll tell you more about it today
Old Orchard Street Theatre Royal, Bath, its actors and actresses, including Sarah Siddons, and its links to Jane Austen
18th Century life in the Orchard Street Theatre Bath and its impact on everyone, including Jane Austen, through its involvement in the transport of letters
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