With its southern exposure and bright sunlight, this
room seemed more like a sunroom than a
Withdrawing Room to architect, Henry Grant Morse. Mrs. Weddell, however, insisted on
the more formal English term, "Withdrawing Room."
The paneling was originally in a Warwickshire house and gives the room its Tudor air.
The ceiling is typical of the elaborately patterned ceilings used in sixteenth- and seventeenth-
century manor houses. The fleur de lis and rose en soleil patterning are closely related
to those found on the Long Hall ceiling at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England.
The oak fireplace surround is dated 1561 and is a composite of early carved woodwork
combined with later carving created in the earlier style. To achieve a late medieval look,
the nineteenth-century carver incorporated three armorial ornaments set into the arcaded
panels. Once again, we see the strapwork design that came to England from the Low
Throughout the nineteenth century, wealthy Americans flocked to Europe to purchase
decorative woodwork, paintings, and other art objects for the purpose of giving their
new "manor" houses an Old World air. Mrs. Weddell was particularly adept at blending
Elizabethan, Spanish, Spanish Colonial, and Renaissance Classical-style objects and
furniture with Oriental carpets, rich brocades, and velvets bordered with metallic
galloons, to create a bold and dramatic effect.