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The Library at Cragside

1st July 2015

The Library at Cragside is a lovely room, completed in 1872, it was part Normal Shaw’s first additions to the original house.

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It is the first room in the world to be lit with Joseph A Swan’s filament light bulbs.

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The stained glass windows in the bay were made by Morris & Co. The outer four pictures of the authors Homer & Aeschylus, Vergil & Horace, Dante and Chaucer were all designed by Edward Burne- Jones. Spenser and Milton were designed by Madox Brown. The six middle panels of Goerge and the dragon were designed by Rossetti, sadly my photograph does not do them justice.

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Lord Armstrong bought some beautiful Pre – Raphaelite paintings but sadly in 1910 they were mainly sold, this lovely Italian Girl with Doves (1866) by Raphael Sorbi still hangs in the Library.

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