The Messenger by Hilary Jack
04 May 2018 – 01 Oct 2018
Gordon, United Kingdom
About Mellerstain House and Gardens
Mellerstain, one of Scotland’s great Georgian houses was begun in 1725 by Scottish architect William Adam and completed in 1778 by his more famous son, Robert. The result is an outstanding example of 18th century Scottish architecture, and one of Robert Adam’s finest works. The interior decoration is outstanding, with the ceilings preserved in the original Adam colours and the Library a masterpiece of Classical decoration and colour, featuring fine detailed plasterwork that incorporates marble busts by Roubiliac. There is a superb collection of paintings including works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Aikman and Ramsay with many pieces of period furniture, china and embroidery collections. Portraits on show depict many members of the family. The house stands in beautiful parkland and gardens, including the Italian-styled terraced garden laid out in 1910 by Sir Reginald Blomfied, and designed to offer new perspectives as you descend to the rose gardens, great lawn and ornamental lake.