Series Production Designer: Donal Woods
Series Set Decorator: Gina Cromwell
Did you watch Downton Abbey on PBS? If not, you missed a fantastic series filled with lush sets and costumes, romance, drama, the sinking of the Titanic and the beginning of WW1. All in 4 x 1.5hr episodes. You can download it from iTunes or buy the video set.
Downton Abbey is played by Highclere Castle (see end of post)
The Grand Interior Hall
The image above and below are from Highclere Castle's website.
The ladies: Mrs. Crawley (Penelope Wilton), Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) and Violet, the Dowage Countess of Grantham (Dame Maggie Smith). A meeting of some very strong minds in the "observatory" which is set in the main hall.
The Library is set with many items from the actual castle, including the carpet and some furnishings.
The Drawing Room
The drawing room is a sumptuous collection of pastel fabrics and textiles, gilded French Louis bergere chairs, English and Italian casegoods.
The images below are as the room appears today. Note that much of the furniture is the same, but the carpets are different.
The Dining Room
The dining room (from Highclere Castle's website) as it is today. It features an enormous Van Dyke painting.
Matthew and Mrs. Crawley's London house
In the series, distant cousin Mathew Crawley (shown here with his widowed mother) becomes the heir apparent of all of Downton Abbey when the closer cousins go down on the Titanic. The Crawley's are a middle class family living in a Townhouse in Manchester. (middle class by Edwardian standards included household help).
Beautiful shots of a wedding that took place at the Castle: copyright Studio Rouge
I'll be doing additional detailed posts over at ::Surroundings::, so check it out!
Here are links to some amazing posts around the web on the fashions, decor and servants quarters of Downton Abbey:
- The Servant's Quarters via Jane Austen's World
- The Costume's of Downton Abbey via Project Rungay
- Highclere Castle official website
- A wedding takes place at the Castle - via Studio Rouge
Images courtesy of: Masterpiece/WGBH/PBS; Jane Austen's World; Project Rungay; Shining as Stars; Highclere Castle;