Tinted Glass Reinstated in Dressing Room Corridor
As part of the ongoing work to reinstate Soane's original arrangements within the Museum, tinted glass was last week reinstated in the windows of the Dressing Room corridor.
Soane's 1835 Description mentions the "primrose hue" that the windows gave to the room, and the use of stained glass in these rooms is typical of Soane's playful use of light in his architecture. The original glass had been replaced, possibly during the Second World War, and modern attempts to replace the glass have been complicated by the outlawing of some of the chemicals that were used in nineteenth century glass making. An earlier attempt to reinstate this glass in the 1990s was a failure as the modern glass was too dark, and uneven in colour once installed. We are very happy with the results of this installation, however, and feel that the effects will be best viewed on a bright summer's day. Make sure that you take a look when you next visit!