Striped Drawing Room

Created from three smaller rooms by Benjamin Dean Wyatt in 1820, the Red Striped Drawing Room was a place for Wellington’s guest to relax before or after dining. The walls are lined with military figures from the Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns in a way that echoes the famous ‘Waterloo Chamber’ at Windsor Castle. The distinctive red and cream silk wall hangings were influenced by ‘the Napoleon Room’ at Malmaison, the former home of the Empress Josephine on the outskirts of Paris. The room appears much as it was in Wellington’s time and is based on the 1852 watercolour by Thomas Shotter Boys.