Photographer's Note

Following yesterday's photo of Kinneil House, I promised to post some photographs of the wall paintings which were discovered within it when the house was in the process of being demolished in 1936. Thankfully, the demolition work ceased when these paintings, dating from the 16th century, were discovered underneath wooden panelling which had later been added.

Now the building is being preserved under the auspices of Historic Environment Scotland and its interior is open by way of guided visits for the public on a limited basis of approximately one afternoon per month. Very well worth a visit as these paintings are believed to be the best preserved Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland.

This is the "Arbour Room" with its vaulted ceiling where some careful and sympathetic restoration of the paintings has been carried out. On the right part of the ceiling and on the right and facing walls you can see the original 16th century decoration of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran and Regent of Scotland, and these decorations are almost exclusively of Biblical scenes.

On the left side of the ceiling, the left wall and the lower part of the facing wall this decoration has been over-painted in the early 17th century by the 2nd Marquis of Hamilton to represent panelling.

I shall add some other pictures from this room as workshops.

ISO 3200, 1/30 sec at f/4, focal length 17mm.

Here is a closer view.

And here is a view from the opposite end of the room.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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