The Dining Room

You can tell that this was the Dining Room from the cornucopia or horns of plenty spilling out grapes and walnuts above the fireplace put in by Christopher Crowe. He also had the ornate plaster frame made for the painting above. This is a Peasant Scene by Joachim Beuckelaer, dated 1568 and bought by Christopher Crowe during his time in Europe. The landscapes above the doors on either side are panoramic views of Shipping in a River, recently reattributed to Antonio Joli.

To the left is Angelica Kauffman’s portrait of Lady Almeria Carpenter, mistress of George III’s brother, the Duke of Gloucester, who hangs below on the opposite wall, to the right of the window. Above him is one of Admiral Carpenter’s younger brothers, Reginald Talbot, by G.F. Watts. The two large portraits on the wall nearby are of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, wearing the Star of the Garter, after Kneller, and Elizabeth Petty, wife of George, 2nd Baron Carpenter, and Lady Almeria’s grandmother. She is holding a miniature of her husband.

To the right of the fireplace are, above, John Delaval Carpenter, 4th Earl of Tyrconnel, by Andrew Geddes and, below, Michael Dahl’s portrait of Elizabeth Petty’s husband, George, 2nd Baron Carpenter, as a young man. On the wall to the right is another portrait of the 4th Earl of Tyrconnel, wearing the uniform of the North Yorkshire Corps of Yeomanry, by Siegfried Bendixen. The papier mâché crown on the frame is not original, but was made by a Kiplin caretaker in the 1980s! Below there is a watercolour copy of The Miraculous Draught of Fishes after Raphael, probably by Beatrice Carpenter.

The semi-circular table to the left of the fireplace is a hunt table. The outer curved section was put in front of the fire, so gentlemen returning from the hunt could drink and warm their feet without burning the table. The two English oak sideboards date from 1700; the inlaid mahogany one from 1790. The ornate Talbot bench dates from c.1775. It carries the crest of the 14th Earl of Shrewsbury and the family symbols of the lion and the two Talbot hounds. There are two matching chairs either side of the sideboard beneath the tapestry.

The Tapestry is late 16th century Flemish. The principal scene is of an Old Testament king, probably Solomon, worshipping the Golden Idol, with a smaller image below of Solomon entertaining the Queen of Sheba. The floral border on the left hand side was probably added later. In a photograph from a 1930s’ family scrapbook, the tapestry can be seen hanging at Swakeleys, an Elizabethan house in Middlesex owned for several years by Humphrey Talbot, Bridget’s elder brother. It was repaired by Kiplin Hall volunteers between 2004 and 2006, supervised by textile conservator, Caroline Rendell.

The clocks are by Lambert of Coventry Street, London (c.1880) and Porthouse of Darlington (c.1800).