George Crawley's original design of Westbury House included two drawing rooms, this room and what is now the adjoining Music Room.
Typical of country house design, the drawing room was the usual gathering place for the Phipps's friends and family at tea time.
The elaborately carved chinoiserie mirror captures the sparkle of the Waterford cut glass chandeliers. The rare English carpet was made in Frome, Somerset, in 1760. On top of the marble mantelpiece is Allegory of Design by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1732-1792) . A self-portrait by the Phipps’ youngest son, Michael, hangs on the east wall.
clockwise from the mantlepiece
- Allegory of Design, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 18th c. English artist and founding President of the Royal Academy.
- Unknown Woman, Anonymous (French)
- Scene from Voltaire's Opera "Nina", Thomas Stothard (English, 1755-1834)
- Tancred and Clorinda, Angelica Kauffman (Swiss, 1741-1807)
- Miss Murray, Joshua Reynolds (English, 1732-1792)
- H. H. ("Ben") Phipps, Lydia Field Emmer (American, 1866-1952)
- Cottage Landscape with Figures, John Crome (English, 1768-1821)
- White Horse in Stable, George Morland (English, 1763-1804)
- Self-Portrait, 1939, Michael Grace Phipps (American, 1910-1973)
- Landscape with Returning Hunter, George Morland (English, 1763-1804)
- Landscape with Horses and a Cow, George Morland (English, 1763-1804)
- Landscape and Cloud Study, John Constable (English, 1776-1837)
- Landscape with Boy Fishing, John Constable (English, 1776-1837)
- Figures in a Landscape with Distant Mountain Range, Richard Wilson (English, 1714-1782)
- Susan Phipps, 1942, Gardner Cox (American, 1906-1988)