This is the rather grand and imposing Entrance Hall which greets you as you first enter Abbotsford House near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. It was for many years the home of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) who is probably the best known and most loved of all Scottish writers, being a historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world in the 19th Century.
In 1811, Scott bought Cartley Hole Farm, a farm on the River Tweed near Melrose, and built a family cottage there in 1812 and named it "Abbotsford". He continued to expand the estate, and built Abbotsford House in a series of extensions which were together to form a magnificent country house with beautiful walled gardens and reception rooms lavishly decorated with artefacts including suits of armour, mediaeval and more recent weapons of war, trophies of hunting, a library of over 9,000 volumes and many fine paintings.
In this entrance hall you can see some of the artefacts which Scott collected over the years, especially suits of armour. The doorway in the distance, incidentally, leads on to Scott's private study.
Most unfortunately for Scott, in 1825 and 1826 a banking crisis swept through the cities of London and Edinburgh and the Ballantyne printing business, in which he had heavily invested, crashed, resulting in his being very publicly ruined. Rather than declare himself bankrupt, or to accept any kind of financial support from his many supporters and admirers (including the King himself), he placed his house and income in a trust belonging to his creditors, and determined to write his way out of his debt. He kept up his prodigious output of fiction despite failing health and, although he still owed money at the time of his death in 1832, his novels continued to sell and the debts encumbering his estate were eventually discharged.
Abbotsford House has very recently undergone very extensive and sympathetic restoration and has now reopened to visitors. Both the house and its gardens are well worth a visit and you can read more about the House and its restoration and history here.
This picture was taken during a wonderfully enjoyable meeting of some TE members in the Scottish Borders last October. Many thanks to all who came and I can only apologise for the less than wonderful weather which we had for much of the time!
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Romano46 (18466) 2014-05-03 6:45
una foto straordinaria!!!
E' incredibile la ricchezza di particolari che si possono osservare grazie ad una gestione della luce perfetta. E' raro vedere un interno fotografato così bene, anche se te sei uno specialista di questo genere do fotografie e hai già proposto in precedenza simili fotografie, sempre con risultati ben al di sopra della norma.
Complimenti. Una foto meritevole di un punteggio infinito.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Noel_Byrne (25262) 2014-05-03 7:24
Now that's an entrance hall! How better to impress visitors than to have this vision as you step through the door. This room looks bigger than my whole house! I love the way you have composed this, so we see the fireplace in all its detail, its a glorious piece of stonework, and adds superb depth. There are quite a few creepy objects around too, the witches cauldron and that rather spooky looking head on the mantel. I'd say I could spend a long time snooping around here looking at all the weird and wacky objects!
Great shot, thanks as always
jhm (140619) 2014-05-03 7:31
John, you chose a wonderful angle, for these a lovely interior picture
These fireplace would nice connect in my livingroom, what a lovely exemplar.
Very well perspective and depth picture.
Excellent composition and pleasant colours.
A nice composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
saxo042 (37588) 2014-05-03 8:33
Very attractive and warm red-brown colours and some occasional blue parts to create some contrasts. A very good depth and an abundance of details. Your note and links are also very interesting.
photoray (12685) 2014-05-03 11:55
Fine interior view of Abbotsford House's entrance hall, leading the eye lengthwise, articulate floor mosaic, huge ornate fireplace, and plenty of artifacts along the wall.
And unfortunately to hear from your historical note the financial problems of Sir Scott, but then he is not alone, for even in the U.S. corrupt banks continue to screw the people today.
Thanks for sharing,
carlo62 (34448) 2014-05-03 15:10
eccellente esposizione, grazie anche al disegno del pavimento e al taglio verticale, hai ottenuto una grande profondità.
Molto belli i dettagli e i particolari dell'arredamento.
macjake (57430) 2014-05-03 17:55
glad to see you're using the 17 mm side of the lens, all you need now is buy a 8-16 mm lens and you're set for life! haha
wow, where do i even start with this one.
first of all, the note and story is an interesting one.
gotta give him credit for sticking to his guns, trying to 'write' his way out of debt.
what grabs my attention right away are the tiles on the floor - very eye catching indeed.
love the cherry-oak colored wood, very rich looking.
the fireplace is certainly one that cannot be purchased today at the local box store!!!!!!!!!!!
what a fireplace!!!!!!!!!!
wonderful details through and through.
see you around
jjcordier (76938) 2014-05-03 22:33
Un hall d'entrée riche en détails et en petit mobilier. Très belle maîtrise de la lumière dans cette belle et intéressante photo.
marabu61 (8693) 2014-05-04 4:06
I am sure that every visitor to Scott must have been most impressed with this entry hall, it is quite impressive indeed. There is so much to take in in this picture, one doesn't know where to start. The warm colors are very pleasing too.
have a great day
Nicou (124193) 2014-05-04 11:27
Avec cette cheminée quelle pièce superbe image et cpatage quelle vue et cadrage le long de la paroi ce anciens objets sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
romanaa (7966) 2014-05-04 13:17
beautiful picture and fascinating quality here in a quite dark interior. I guess tripods and flashes are not allowed there. For me 1/50 is not short enough to held the camera steady. So, how comes you have achieved this absolute sharpness?
williewhistler (14697) 2014-05-05 2:35
it`s the richness of the colours that I enjoy most about this well composed shot,you have retained them very well,any camera club judge would approve!
You have also made good use of the vertical corners and those lovely floor tiles to give a good depth to the image.
Full of warmth,charm and interest it`s a photograph to study and enjoy.
Kind regards Les.
Royaldevon (30747) 2014-05-05 5:57
I don't think you can hold yourself responsible for the weather, though you did have quite a lot of input in the warmth of the welcome!
The rich colours of the wood and the warm glow of the room really stand out. There is a wealth of interesting details, so different from features found in an ordinary house, to attract attention.
You have chosen a fine viewpoint with strong f/g elements and good leads into the b/g.
Have a great day,
Silvio1953 (124609) 2014-05-05 8:43
Ciao John, fascinating interior, splendid light, excellent perspective and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13704) 2014-05-05 20:56
Love the notes, very detailed...and amusing. You had me smiling with that last line, apologizing for the weather. Oh, if only we could control Mother Nature, right? :)
Taking a closer look this evening at many of your interior pictures from various locations, I'm even more impressed with your results. Be it the initial camera settings and overall understanding of technical details, or post processing work...or perhaps both, but your exposures are truly remarkable.
This one for example has such natural looking tones, color and light...which is no easy task taking in both natural and artificial sources. I struggle in these situations, so I applaud those who can pull it off with such balance and detail. Wonderful history and amazing craftsmanship all around, and a picture worthy of its display. Great work! Enjoy the day ahead.
Cheers from across the big blue,
emka (80866) 2014-05-05 23:38
What a splendid hall in Melrose. I see that this Meeting in Scottish border allowed you all to visit fantastic places. The place is fantastic and your presentation is gorgeous. I have no adjectives for the composition sharpness and colours. Better that the sun shines but if not, not so important with good company.
packing again MAlgo
rogerl (1544) 2014-05-06 6:43
John, this is quite an entrance hall. I think there are more knick-knacks in that room than in my entire house. I love the composition, focusing on the beautiful fireplace (particularly the tiles inside) while giving a great sense of the depth and size of the space. Thanks.
Glint (6167) 2014-05-06 13:09
you have a well chosen pov to enable the viewer to feel that they are there with you. Perfectly exposed too so that we are able to peruse all the interesting artefacts in sharp detail. The colours are pleasing and you have been able to show the warmth of the interior yet at the same time give us a slight shiver at the neo gothic creepiness.
Gigidusud (16525) 2014-05-06 15:10
Splendid interior well captured with fantastic détails and a great light management. I like the atmosphere too. Well done!
annjackman (20117) 2014-05-07 10:08
Another glorious interior from this interesting place. That richness in colour is so well caught by your camera and when there I didn't appreciate just how lovely this place was. Really excellent photography of a difficult subject.
Best wishes, Ann
fritzi007 (6619) 2014-05-08 6:38
really an interesting Interior, very informative comment, congratulations!
delpeoples (53417) 2014-05-08 16:46
As a huge fan of Walter Scott, your superb photo has brought his wonderful novels flooding back. I have the entire collection - which are 80 years old - sitting on my mantel piece, beckoning to me to read them again. The wam tones and amazing details of your photo really do conjure up the atmosphere of so many of those novels, Rob Roy coming to mind first and foremost. No wonder Scott could so effortlessly set the scene when surrounded by this beauty. I really like what the wide angle has done here, emphasising those angles and giving it a really arty look. All the details in the overhead beams have been illuminated superbly. A stunning, and fascinating photo and note. Congratulations.
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-05-09 10:42
Wonderful work, John.
Beautiful light and colour.Very well done!A quick MOD on workshop, not necessary better, just an idea.
Didi (57492) 2014-05-24 10:12
Not very simple to catch inside a house
But I note here a very good perspective and an interesting depht by the foreground
mkamionka (30877) 2014-05-27 2:15
wow, this is truly impressive. The interior is quite rich and now I really regret that I did not enter it, although I usually prefer the exteriors and gardens and if the time is limited one has to make a difficult decision. Great composition with the wall on the left adding some depth. Exposition is brilliant too with the lamps not overexposed and everything so well balanced.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20778)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-03 6:01