This room would have been used by the family for entertaining visitors. Before dinner – the main meal of the day – the diners gathered in the drawing room before entering the dining room at about 5pm. At the end of dinner the ladies left the table and (with)drew to the drawing room to wait for the men to finish talking business and of course drinking.
What can I see?
The room was used for drinking tea and coffee after the meal, playing cards, talking, and looking at books and drawings. On display are musical instruments which may have been played by the children of the house, 18th century playing cards and a popular Georgian game called ‘Pope Joan’.
What can I learn?
Women primarily used drawing rooms during the daytime, and they could also function as reception rooms for smaller evening tea parties. Interestingly, there was usually no difference in how a drawing room was used by a duchess or the ‘simplest gentlewoman’.