The Music Room
The Music Room is on the first floor in Sharpham House.
In days gone by this was the formal dining room. It is 28’ x 18’. It is also one of the house's five rooms that are licensed for a marriage ceremony and it will accommodate up to 60 people.
The east windows would have been 'blind' or blocked up. This had been done because the window placement was asymetrical to the proportions of the room. The fireplace surround has distinct French characteristics and it is likely to be the work of Huguenots, French Protestant refugees active in London during the late 1700s.
The bas-relief over the fireplace won the Royal Academy gold medal for sculpture in 1776 and is be Webber. It depicts the contest for the prize of music between Pan and Apollo. These figures represented passion and reason. They are judged by Midas, while Zeus surveys the whole scene.