A FINAL ADDITION FURTHER ENHANCED THE LIBRARY.
Beautiful stately homes often have the most
exquisite ceilings, so when Alec Cobbe moved into Hatchlands, one of the first things he noticed was the empty roundels in the library ceiling—they were crying out to be filled with fine art.
The library ceiling was inspired by a 17th century domed ceiling in the Villa Doria Pamphili, Rome. Robert Adam had sketched it on his grand tour of Europe, but when Admiral Boscawen suddenly died, the ceiling remained unfinished. This was one of the first things Alec corrected when he moved into the house. He painted replicas of the Four Continents by Antionio Zucchi into the roundels. He’d seen them at Harewood House in Yorkshire and obtained the permission of the Earl of Harewood to recreate the images at Hatchlands.
Alec proved that you don’t need an 18th century artist to put the finishing touches to your period ceiling. You just need a good idea and a talented painter.