Design for a Ceiling at Wortley Hall, Yorkshire
, British, 1824 - 1866
Material and Medium: gelatin silver printswatercolour and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 672 x 543mm
Sight size: 413 x 536mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.2117
Sykes designed architectural features for properties in Yorkshire, including Wortley Hall. This unfinished design is believed to be for the foundry dining room. It has been suggested that Sykes died during this commission and it was passed on to the artist Edward Poynter, who completed the work. The ceiling still adorns the dining room today, but the colour of the finished piece varies slightly from this design.
Wortley Hall was built in 1586 but was significantly remodelled in 1742, it was once the seat of the Earls of Wharncliffe.