The Blue Bedroom

One of the balcony suite of bedrooms is in the North Tower , you are directly over the tapestry room now. This suite of rooms were allocated to King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904. The elegant wallpaper is reminiscent of the larkspur design by William Morris and with a bathroom nearby, this was an early example of an en suite.

Highlights 

Prie-dieu chair

This mahogany framed chair is upholstered in tapestry material.  Prie dieu is a french term meaning  literally, “pray [to] God”. It would have been used as a praying chair on which one would kneel.

Wallpaper

Fragments have this restful all-over floral pattern was found in this bedroom during the restoraion work. It probably dates from the late 19th century. it is likely to have been designed and block-printed in Ireland, although the name of the maker is not known. The two-dimensional form and lack of modelling reflect the ideas of the Design Reform movement, while the organic vitality of the lines suggests the influence of the English designer William Morris.

The Paintings 

Rocky Mountain Landscape with Dolmen.

Rocky mountain under a gey/pink sky. In the foreground a rocky outcrip with a dolmen type structure erected on three boulders.

European Streetscape.

A street vignette from possibly a swiss town. Three story houses with shutters, a fountaind and figures in the street. This appears to be an ink sketch in red on a green transparent material.

Landscape with Waterfall and River.

A Waterfall set deep within a wood and beside a river. Two ladies wearing pink and blue walktowards the waterfall, behind two children.

 

Rocky Cove with Rowing Boat.

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The paintings remain in its original Frame.

Boat being rowed out to sea with at least three people. Set in a rocky cove surrrounded by higher landscape.

 

Sailing Boat

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

A boat with orange/tan sail hoisted. Lake view with mountains in the background.

From Rostrevor Bridge

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

Stony river scene with trees in leaf, Cottage to left of view with three people in red in front of it. On the river bank again on left of river are two people that appear to be a lady and a child.

From The Belfast and Ulster Towns Directory for 1910 :

ROSTREVOR, CO. DOWN
Two and a half miles from Warrenpoint. Fifty-two and a half miles from Belfast.
Charming Watering-place and Seaport; delightfully situated at the foot of Mourne Mountains.

Lines of Light

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

Sepia coloured lake view with a sailboat and rowing boat. Lake islands and mountains wer visible to the right mid ground is a stand of trees in leaf. To the right lower corner is a hatted figure with the right arm raised as if greeting someone by the lake.

Lake View

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

Lakeside scene trees and water in forground, mountains, cloudy grey sky with four birds to right of scene. Reeds and bulrushes in the near forground. Four birds fly into the horizon over purple hued mountains.

Tobernalt Sligo 1840

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

Coloured lake view with a little islands.

Five miniature Landscapes of Sligo, 19th Century

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

In original frame and mount as gifted.

Mourne Park Sept 16 1861

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

Rural landscape with houses in the midground under a mountain. Earl of Kilmorey (pronounced “Kil-murry”) is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1822 for Francis Needham, 12th Viscount Kilmorey, a General in the British Army and former Member of Parliament for Newry. He was made Viscount Newry and Mourne, in the County of Down, at the same time, also in the Peerage of Ireland. He was succeeded by his son, the second Earl. He also represented Newry in the House of Commons. His grandson, the third Earl, (son of Francis Jack Needham, Viscount Newry) was briefly Member of Parliament for Newry and sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer from 1881 to 1915. The family seat was Mourne Park, near Kilkeel, County Down. It is still owned by the descendants of the 4th Earl.

Lake with choppy water

Artist: Unknown possibly John or Anne Wynne or their daughter Sarah. The painting remains in its original Frame.

Lake scene through trees in the upper forground to mountain landscape with heather colour mountains and choppy water in forground, mountains, Grey sky tinged with pink give the impression of sunset.

Funeral of John Butler 2nd Marquess of Ormonde 1854

Artist: Edmund Fitzpatrick (fl. 1848-1883)

The funeral procession in front of Kilkenny Castle, groups of local people in the streets

Wedding of John Butler 2nd Marquess of Ormonde 1854 & Frances Jane Paget

Artist: Edmund Fitzpatrick (fl. 1848-1883)

The wedding procession in front of Kilkenny Castle, groups of local people in the streets as the couple are recieved at the Gates.

Grace Louisa Staples (1779-1860)

Marchioness of Ormonde

Artist: unknown

Grace Louisa was the daughter of John Staples of Lissan house, County Tyrone and Henrietta Molesworth.

She married John Butler, 19th Earl & 1st Marquess of Ormonde in 1807. They had ten children.