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Eventide by Tom Mostyn -
British artist, Tom Mostyn (1864-1930) was known for his colorful Romantic landscapes and Victorian garden scenes. Painted in the 1890s, Eventide is one of his most notable early works. Mrs. Butterworth purchased the painting in 1928 and it originally hung in the Butterworth’s house in Santa Barbara, California. This is one of few paintings collected
by the family which remains on display..
Entrance area 1st floor
The reception hall was doubled in size in 1917 in conjunction with a renovation of the library. It originally contained a fireplace in the southwest corner and the current stairway to the basement level did not exist. After the renovations, guests could enter the house through the porte-cochere entrance in the basement and walk upstairs to be greeted by the Butterworths in their newly remodeled gothic entry way.
The Entry Way as it appeared in the 1950s
Stair case spindles:
One feature from the original entry was the gothic staircase banister leading to the second floor. While the banister is not in its original location, it does contain the same walnut spindles., which were moved to their current location when the new library was added.
The newel posts leading to the basement were added during the 1917 renovation, and while their origin in uncertain, they feature characteristics of the gothic style. Both are 16th century hand-carved oak sculptures bought by the Butterworths specifically to grace the staircase.
The origin of the lute cannot be traced to a specific date, although the lute was popular in Europe during the Renaissance originated from an Arab instrument. A lute player is called a lutenist, lutanist or lutist and a lute maker is called a luthier.
The double recorder took its current-day form around the 15th and 16th centuries. Several models exist, from soprano to bass versions, but the alto recorder was used most often during the Baroque period for solo sonatas and concertos. Some styles had finger holes place vertically in staggered positions while others had homes place vertically side by side.
Listen to the recording to hear a double recorder
The stained-glass piece was specially made for the Butterworths. Two dates are visible in the bottom right corner. The first date, 1865, was chosen as a compromise because William Butterworth was born in 1864 and Katherine Butterworth was born in 1866. The second
date, 1917, was the year the window was installed.
The ceiling plaster was added during the 1917 renovations. The beams were decorated in the Gothic Revival tradition with acanthus leaves, grapes, arrows and vines. On the side of the beams are animals try to find all four. Can you spot a swan, a lion, a peacock, and a ram?