|l-r Robert and Renée Killian-Dawson, Emma Kitchener and Julian Fellowes|
at the 10th Althorp Literary Festival
|Reception in the Saloon at Althorp where the original stairs shown were once painted white|
(the stair carpet is inverted, a device we occasionally employ to lend character).
Wharton wrote over forty books, my personal favourite being The Age of Innocence, which was filmed in 1993 by Martin Scorcese starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer. In the opening paragraph of the novel she describes "shabby old red and gold boxes in the old Academy vs the new Opera House", comparing the Patrician old families' preference for the old and worn to the bigger and better ethos of the new like social daggers warmly written. She also wrote "The Decoration of Houses" with interior decorator Ogden Codman, which has become an American standard tome of design.
|Pictured in The Library at The Breakers are Alice Gertrude and Gladys Vanderbilt. The intimacy of the scene belies the grand scale of the room with its massive sixteenth century French chimney piece and even more massive scale.|