Polesden Lacey, Surrey, was once lived in by the poet and playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (whose London house I have also worked on – see Hertford Street). In 1906 it was purchased by Mrs Ronald Greville, a legendary Edwardian hostess, and her husband. The house was converted by Mewès and Davis, the architects of the newly built Ritz Hotel. Mrs Greville was most famous as a society hostess and philanthropist.
I was asked to colour-match a number of paints in the interior and to devise a new colour scheme for the Memorial Arch designed by Sir Hugh Casson.
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