Gainsborough House

Gainsborough House1 is an elegant Georgian dolls house set circa 1725; It has a simple Palladian style exterior, and is decorated inside to reflect the tastes of the early Georgian period. Built from birch plywood to 1/12th scale, this dolls house is for the adult enthusiast who has limited space but a sizeable collection of furniture to display.

Gainsborough House has 5 floors: the large reception rooms are on the ground and first floors, while the kitchen, pantry and scullery are in the basement, with bedrooms on the second floor and two further large rooms in the attic.

Vital statistics

Width24"Depth (max)23" (27½")Height (Max)48" (53½")

Floors 5Rooms13Staircases4External doors1
Internal doors14Opening panels2Windows13Chimney stacks2
Fireplaces8Marbled hearthstones8Chimney pots9Rooms with panelling3
Cooking ranges1Chimney cranes1Bread ovens1Glowing fireboxes1
Drainpipe and hopper1Washing coppers1Sink & drainer1Pumps1

Gainsborough House Photographs3


Gainsborough House would probably be an end of terrace house. Some of the rooms are accessed via a side-opening panel which gives interesting views and brings the house to life. The exterior walls are plain painted as standard, with brick or ashlar masonry as additional options.

Outside there is a pavement that swings open with the front panel, this is finished with grouted faux flagstones. Set into the flagstones are two gratings over the light wells for the basement windows and three steps leading to the front door. The London Building Act of 1724 required all new houses to have downpipes and it would not have been many years later that houses in other parts of the country would have followed suit.