Front Hall

Guests enter Westbury House through a small vestibule and are welcomed into the large hall. The fine, hand-carved paneling is a precursor to the art and design of the interior in the Georgian Period—England’s golden age of furniture and interior design.

Located in this room under the portrait of young Ben Phipps is a Bengal tiger, a souvenir trophy from the Phipps's honeymoon safari to India.

The mantlepiece is the work of Frances Derwent Wood (1871-1926), an English artist noted for his architectural sculpture, war memorials, and busts of noted figures such as Henry Adams. Wood also designed the mantlepiece in the Dining Room and the wooden screen framing the staircase in the Front Hall.

 If you look up you’ll see the painted ceiling. This was done by A. Duncan Carse, who is noted for his illustrations of children’s books, most notably Hans Christian Anderson's tales.

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The tour continues to the Library to the right (west).