Mary • Link
Their work is finished after a bare week of working in the house. This must mean that they have applied a simple wash to the walls (either lime-wash or a simple colour-wash) rather than aiming for any fancy paint effects. Undoubtedly we shall hear more about wall-hangings soon.
Paul Brewster • Link
SP may be jumping the gun on this one. L&M forecasts that he won't be done with them until Christmas Day.
Eric Walla • Link
Paint to wallhangings ...
... plus we've been treated to a new bedroom set for Elizabeth, so I would imagine we'll find the discussion for a full house of furnishings. I wonder how far he will describe his desire to impress and entertain ...
"A still extant example of 17th-century house oil painting is Ham House in Surrey, England, where a primer was used along with several undercoats and an elaborate decorative overcoat; the pigment and oil mixture would have been ground into a paste with a mortar and pestle. The process was done by hand by the painter and exposed them to lead poisoning due to the white-lead powder." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paint#History
But in Pepys's government housing on Seething Lane, methinks Mary is right.