Reddish House with its "lilac-coloured facade," with Cecil Beaton languishing by the door. This photo was just this size in the story, and reproducing it was- without great success-however I have tinted it to indicate a lilac brick. Still in all the brick is more-well- brick-coloured with a smidgen of that favourite-colour lilac, as seen in this photograph of Hamish Bowles at Reddish House paying homage to Beaton-Bowles is certainly a Beaton throw-back.
(Via Hamish's Instagam)
As I've been scouring old magazines and periodicals doing research for my book, I've been amazed at what I still haven't seen... If you follow instagram, pinterest, etc. etc. you know what I'm talking about. The wealth of photographs, new and old, and information (does anyone read anymore?) I do hope so.
A VOGUE issue, circa 1949, some years after World War II, with rationing in Britain waning- bon vivant Cecil Beaton showed off his country house near Salisbury. Reddish House, according to Vogue's writer (not credited), CB himself ?-was one of Britain's most important 17th century small houses. Andre Kertesz was responsible for the photographs, and I must say nothing is amiss in the facade of Reddish House. It appears infinitely pleasing to my eye, and would be a perfect house to build today. Interesting to are the "colourless" photographs. Adjusting one's eye to a lack of colour details become more vivid. Later, and numerous photographs were taken of Reddish House in colour. They are out there.
Note too, all Beaton's little extras, flowers in abundance, little chairs, stools, books in all his rooms. I wonder what his rooms were scented with? A Rose potpourri? I think so.
"a vest-pocket edition of a three volume novel"
Beaton's Drawing Room
"...with blackberry-coloured walls and banana-yellow curtains appliqued in red, its fine Aubusson rug, and Louis XV chairs," and a striped velvet sofa. Beaton famously photographed his favourite glamourous recluse, Greta Garbo sitting on this sofa-alone.
In the drawing room, the 18th century deed to Reddish House is draped across a Louis XVI chair.
The Library was papered in sage green and gold accented by claret-coloured curtains. Noted in the story, Beaton papered the halls and bedrooms with period reproduction wallpapers in a white-with-black or brown design. Interesting.
"like a Balzac setting"
Beaton's Reddish House 30 years LATER with few changes in the Library.
That- I Love-complete integrity in design.
Beaton's photographs of the library from Architectural Digest Celebrity Homes-1977
Beaton used it for dining when entertaining a crowd- often no doubt.
In the Master Bedroom a sepia and white print on the walls, bed hangings and lampshade.
This paper is the same as the library paper but in a different colour-way.
CB's Dressing Room
The Flower Room
Still-Life with Calla Lilies, Skull, and Gardening Gloves
-and right out of a Tim Walker photo shoot.
on the grounds- "with a manor-garden which includes a nut-walk, thatched roofed cottages and impeccable box topiary."
Idyllic, Reddish House is still the epitome of all that is good.
The article is littered with (-) hyphenated-words, and I have kept to that writing style in my text. Quotations indicate direct quotes from the article.