The Marbled Stairhall at Oldway

placeholder gifAmerican women's war relief hospital, Oldway, Paignton, Devon, 1914.

A view of the toplit stairhall and marbled staircase with bronze balusters and painted ceiling above. This entire staircase and hall was copied from that of Louis XIV th's famous Ambassadors' Staircase at Versailles (built in the 1670's and demolished in 1752.)Today it exists in model form only at Versailles. Paris Singer obtained the architect's original plans and adapted the design to showcase the painting by J L David of the coronation of Napoleon which Singer had acquired in 1889. The staircase is probably the most valuable part of Oldway. King Ludwig of Bavaria also copied it at Herrenchiemsee.

Written by John Wilson, Singer archivist.

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Title Value
Written by John Wilson, Singer archivist.
Organisation Torbay
Identifier ref 87
Date   1914  
Format   chlorobromide photograph (postcard?); 87 mm x 137 mm  
Coverage   Devon. Paignton  
Source   Torbay Library Services  
Subject   Singer. Oldway. Building  
Type   Image  
Publisher   Torbay Library Services  
Rights   Torbay Library Services  
Keywords Staircase Ambassadors Versailles