Saturday, January 28, 2012

So...What is a Long Gallery, Anyway?


In practical terms, a Long Gallery was a type of room popular in great Elizabethan or Jacobean houses of the prodigy type, sometimes the width of a fa├žade, as at Hatfield House, (1607–11), and Hardwick Hall, (1590–7). Usually well lit by means of large, lavish windows and sumptuously appointed with chimney-surrounds, panelling, and finely-moulded ceilings, it was an extrordinary environment for the times, primarily devoted to hanging tapestries and portraits, entertainment, games and even excercise in bad weather. It was chiefly during this period that the long gallery became the primary reception room in many great houses.

When we chose The Long Gallery as the name of our website, we were really looking at it as a metaphor. The long gallery of an Elizabethan house was used as a place of delight, and as a place for prominently displaying art and other valued objects so that the owner might take joy in them and show them off to others. In essence, it was a special place, created to feature and highlight all that was especially fine, interesting, or worthy of comment and observation.

Our website was developed to fulfill much the same role. Whether it is Medieval, Elizabethan, Jacobean, or Victorian Revival architecture, style, art, or design (or relevant history) - we seek to bring you the best examples from the past and the present. Whether you're protecting and preserving a building of this type, trying to recreate the feeling of the period in your home, or incorporating something of this period into your lifestyle, we want to be a resource for you. We hope you'll visit us often and walk through our Long Gallery to see what we have found.

In this post, we wanted to share some photographic examples of various long galleries that we have come across. We hope you will enjoy them. If you have any examples you would like to share with us, please send them along to us.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Pardon Our Plaster Dust as we Build a New Site for TLG


In an effort to build a more attractive and comprehensive site for TLG, we've been re-building the site from the ground up to provide a better look and a much wider range of content. First, we found an exciting new Blogger template, courtesy of Dzignnine, and managed to integrate it with a number of useful widgets and tools.

We are re-working and expanding the book store, enhancing several of our special content areas covering music, food and lifestyle...and generally "tarting up" the site to make it more appealing and inspiring. There is still much to do and many areas to organize, but the effort has begun in earnest and we hope our readers will be happy. Here's all the best for a great 2012!