Kathryn Ireland prefers the unstudied look. Never too decorated. This comes across in her approach to grouping the portraits above. Other decorators might have stuck with one theme or one medium, but Ireland and her client/friend, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, opted to flank an elegant Birley portrait of a woman with a collection of drawings of dogs. Paintings of dogs are found throughout this sitting room too, with varied styles of art in the mix.
An interesting note about the Richmond Park residence pictured here is that in past decades John Fowler was involved with it. I hope the wall serves as inspiration for those of you who have been curious about breaking the picture hanging rules (click to enlarge).
Image is from Kathryn M. Ireland's Classic Country published by Gibbs Smith, 2007. Apart from Ireland's work, small snippets of Peter Dunham's and Windsor Smith's homes are featured in this book. Textiles are the focus.
Lady Annabel is known as the muse behind the legendary London nightclub named for her. Sir Oswald Birley, perhaps best known for his portraits of King George V and Queen Mary and other prominent figures, was her father-in-law. Click here to see a related past post.