Robert Smythson, the house is more glass than wall. This may impress us even today but imagine the effect this would have had on guests 500 years ago; the saying was "Hardwick Hall more glass than wall"!.
Many of these tapestries were restored in the early 20th century by the houses's last inhabitant, Evelyn Cavendish, the Dowager Countess of Devonshire. She was quite the battle-ax and reading about her is really entertaining!
This marquetry woodwork is also pretty amazing though!
The Great Chamber's notable decorative element is the plaster frieze depicting hunting scenes.
Diana the Huntress is featured throughout the frieze.
LostRememberedPast blog HERE.
Many thanks to penpal Neil as always for providing photographs from his travels!