Great Parlor (Drawing Room) of the Hancock House
Great Parlor of the Hancock House
This beautifully furnished Great Parlor (Drawing Room) reflects the grandeur and craftsmanship from the mid 1700s. The floor here, as well as throughout the house, is quarter oak boards with brass studs.
Most of the furnishings in this room are of this era with a few selected pieces from a century later.
Bombe Desk, Great Parlor
The woodworkers artistry are seen in elegant mahogany and inlaid contrasting wood slant front desk (1780-1790), original with replaced brasses, a corner cupboard, or Beaufatt , (1740-1750) that stands eight feet high and a “Bombe, or Kettle-Drum desk. At the top of this red mahogany desk, in the broken pediment, is the bust of Lt. General Jeffery Amherst, the British General who captured Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) from the French in 1759. Other pieces placed here are: Philadelphia wing chairs, Chippendale sofas and chairs.
Over the fireplace is a painting depicting the death of the English General, Wolfe, on the Plains of Abraham before the City of Quebec, Canada in September 1759 from General Montcalm, who was also mortally wounded and died four days later.