Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, it was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. The house, currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury, is open to the public. This is called the King James Drawing Room – because of the life size statue of James I, presented by the King, which stands on the mantle. Made of stone, the statue is painted to look like bronze. King James I visited Hatfield House in 1611. Notice the tapestries that line the walls – the paintings are placed on top of them!
Much of the furniture was cleared out of the room during filming, but the pieces that remained on film came from this room.
The wall to ceiling paintings and the riot of color in this room does remind one of the Blenheim Saloon at Marlborough House.
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