An elegant family space, still used for private entertaining and relaxing
The State Drawing Room dates from around 1810, but was rebuilt in 1936 after a devastating fire in 1934 that destroyed many parts of the original building.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement here in 1985.
The present decorative scheme is based on the inter-war feminine ideal of a country house drawing room, in colours favoured by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Contemporary works by Irish artists have been chosen for the walls, including paintings belonging to King Charles III.
The French windows offer a wonderful view over the Jubilee Parterre in the gardens.
Highlights of the State Drawing Room
Bust of Princess Elizabeth (1946)
This bust of Queen Elizabeth II as Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, is one of at least 14 royal portraits made by Sir William Reid Dick.
Reid Dick was a Scottish sculptor, known for his public monuments, notably the statue of Franklin D Roosevelt in Grosvenor Square, London, the tombs of George V and Queen Mary in St George’s chapel at Windsor, and the statue of Lady Godiva in Coventry.
Princess Elizabeth, who was aged 20 at the time, is presented wearing a v-neck collar dress and pearl necklace. A patina (a thin film of green) has formed on the bust as the bronze has reacted with oxygen.
Hydrangeas by Gareth Reid
Gareth Reid was born in Belfast and studied at Glasgow School of Art, where he still works. He was the winner of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Competition and was consequently commissioned to paint Graham Norton for the National Gallery of Ireland.
This series of hydrangeas continues his interest in evoking the mysterious atmosphere of gardens and woodlands.
Landscape I by His Majesty The King
His Majesty The King is a keen landscape watercolourist. Lithographs of his paintings are sold to raise money for the Prince of Wales Charity Foundation. His paintings are displayed in the State Drawing Room alongside contemporary works by Irish artists, including pieces from his own collection.
This key was used by King George V to open the Royal College of Science in Dublin on 8th July 1911. It is cast with a York rose for the King’s former royal title, the Duke of York, alongside the Royal Crest and a GVR monogram.
The State Drawing Room transformed
The State Drawing Room is one of the newly re-presented State Rooms that you can explore on your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.
Watch as our team of experts restore the room to its former glory in this short film.
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