A lady’s bedchamber was her inner sanctum. She slept here, and with the help of her maid, she undertook her toilette, an elaborate ritual involving dressing, styling hair and applying make-up.
A very fashionable lady would even receive visitors who came to keep her company and gossip while she was dressing. This was how new fashions and hairstyles would often be spread throughout society.
There was an unpleasant reality behind the glamour of Georgian England. White paint and powder make-up used to imitate a pale complexion were lead-based and highly dangerous. Increasingly elaborate hairstyles required the use of scented wax or fat applied to the hair. It created a ‘moveable feast’ for nits, from which wig scratchers, like the one on the chest of drawers, provided relief.
The wallpaper design for the Lady’s Bedroom may possibly depict a coffee plant. The design was taken from a sample of original wallpaper from c.1760 which was found in a house in Bath.