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Aston Hall
The Long Gallery

The Long Gallery was originally about 125 feet in length (114 metres). Now, with the Vestibule, it measures 136 feet. The long galleries of Elizabethan and Jacobean houses were used as reception rooms and picture galleries, for music and for parade, but they soon became status symbols and a subject for competition. It is one of the least altered rooms in the house.

The intricate flowing strapwork ceiling and the oak panelling, though much restored, both date from about 1630, as does the elaborate chimney piece of stone and alabaster with black marble bosses.

There are a set of eight tapestries which were woven between 1607 and 1627 in the Paris workshop of Francois de la Planche and Mare de Comans, and is one of the many later versions of The Acts of the Apostles, after designs by Raphael.

The black plaster busts are a set of English Worthies after Rysbrack. Of their plinths, the original is stained pine and designed for the Long Gallery by Richard Bridgens, who also designed the grate and fender in this room, around 1823 - 5.
Long Gallery

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