Whilst Henslowe’s account mention a ‘Lords room’, it isn’t known if further provision was made for Gentleman’s rooms although his contract for the Fortune playhouse (fig. 16 [4.2.2]) stipulates there be four and his contract for the Hope stipulates two ‘in the lowermost storie’ (see 5.7.3).

In the model, four ‘Gentlemen’s Rooms’ have been provided, two positioned on either side of the stage (which might also be used by lords) and two positioned on either side of the ’room over the tyerhouse’, all of which are accessed from the tiring house. This does not dismiss the use of the gallery above the stage as another space available to the gentry to sit in and spectate.

The walls in each room have been hung with painted cloths depicting images from Ovid, and reminiscent of tapestry or painted wall hangings that adorned the walls of Yeomen and Gentlemen’s houses in Tudor England.

In one room has been hung a painted cloth depicting ‘Diana and Actaeon,’ from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (fig.103).

Fig. 103:Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Diana and Actaeon, used for the hanging cloth in Room 1 (left of the stage)366

On the wall is oak panelling.

In the other room has been hung a painted cloth depicting ‘Apollo Pursuing Daphne,’ designed by Bernard van Orley (1491–1541) (fig.104).

Fig. 104: Tapestry, ‘Apollo Pursuing Daphne’ (from the series, ‘The Story of Daphne’), designed by Bernard van Orley (1491–1541), used for the hanging cloth in Room 2 (right of the stage) Photograph © 2019 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston367

Again, oak panelling lines the wall.

Gurr thinks the ceiling would have been plastered along with the rooms for lords.368

The seating in the six-penny rooms consists of decoratively carved oak stools with red cushion.

Gentlemen’s Room © De Montfort University, Leicester, UK


[366] ‘Diana and Actaeon from a set of Ovid’s Metamorphoses,’ Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/204484?img=8&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=pin&utm_campaign=tapestrytuesday [accessed 22 July 2017].

[367] ‘Tapestry: Apollo Pursuing Daphne (from the series, The Story of Daphne),’ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/tapestry-apollo-pursuing-daphne-from-the-series-the-story-of-daphne-114844 [accessed 22 July 2017].

[368] Gurr, ‘The Bare Island,’ 38.