In the last article, I gave you a brief overview of the types of decorations Elizabethan did to their walls, but no images. So this week I’ll start showing you some fabulous examples.
Amanda Poirier-Kratz has put together a fabulous Pintrest board already: Tudor and Elizabethan Painted Interiors. Her board includes images of sixteenth-century painted plaster walls, painted oak paneling and painted ceilings. Most of the images are English, but there are a few Continental examples as well. I highly encourage you to check it out!
Here are a few of my favorites from her collection:
These painted geometric patterns set into “panels” are still bright, even in this worn and faded state. Imagine how bright they were freshly painted! From Canons Abbey in Northamptonshire.
This wall is decorated with knots, scrollwork, flowers and proverbs. This one reads, “Better is a dinner with greene hearbes where love is, then a fat oxe and hatred therewith.” From a house in Ledbury, Herefordshire.
The paint on this wood paneling highlights the motifs well. From a house in Exeter.