The architecture of Ancient Rome inspired the decorative motifs used in Robert Adam’s neo-classical design for William Weddell’s Entrance Hall. The exquisite plasterwork by the famous and most skilled stuccoist Joseph Rose includes panels of martial trophies.
The mahogany doors are of a particularly high quality and it is interesting to note how the quality of detail and door furniture varies on the doors throughout the house. The painting above the fireplace is St Margaret by Annibale Carracci (1560 – 1609) and the floor is of Sicilian marble.
The chamber organ was designed by Robert Adam’s older rival James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, while the organ itself was made by Thomas Haxby of York. The organ is still played today.
The tables are all by the Yorkshire-born designer and cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), as are the set of elegant hall chairs. The chairs are listed as being in the Entrance Hall in the inventory of contents made in 1792 by Thomas Chippendale the younger when Newby passed from William Weddell to Lord Grantham