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The Dairy Farm, Kenwood House

The Dairy Farm, Kenwood House Work in progress

Area of work

Kenwood House remodelled by Robert Adam between 1764-1779 is home to some of the most important masters. lady Mansfield would often entertain her guest in the Tea room & the Dairy room at the Dairy and as such these two room were decorated using a more colourful scheme picking out details and in the Dairy room the windows & shutters were grained to look like Oak.

The brief was to recreate the original scheme.

Scope of work

Working to a report that had been compiled over a period of at least a decade. Angel began to mix by hand the colours that had been identified. We uncovered the original base coats for the Graining in order to keep every process as true as possible to the original this was done using traditional conservation techniques to break down the layers and reveal the original undercoat. The Graining was too reproduced using original Graining recipes including the use of beer and vinegar.

We applied a traditional Limewash beneath the basin in the Dairy and Soft distemper to the ceiling’s throughout. These were all tinted on site using traditional earth powder pigments.

This fantastic little Dairy will be open to the public and used for educational purposes.








Ptolemy Dean