The accompanying illustrations show some of the oak carvings lately executed by Miss Muriel Moller and her assistants at Holm-stead Place, Sussex, the seat of Colonel J. Charlton Humphreys. The mansion is of modern construction. A house, probably of brick and halftimbered work, formerly occupied the same site. The large entrance hall, extending through the whole of the building, and lighted from both ends, as well as from the staircase, has been completely gutted, and the whole design carried back to the spirit of the old work. This metamorphosis has been carried out from drawings and under the superintendence of Mr. E. R. Robson, F.S.A., and comprises the sub-division of the hall itself, for the sake of obtaining better proportions; the replacement of the rather steep and poor main staircase by a new one in carved English oak; the addition of carved English oak panelling to the walls, surmounted by an ornamental plaster frieze; moulded oak ribs on the ceiling, stained glass windows by Bell & Beckham, and a splendid parquet floor.

Panel in the Hall at Holmstead Place, Sussex.

Panel in the Hall at Holmstead Place, Sussex.

Designed and Carved by Muriel Moller.

A unique feature of the oak work is that it has all been seasoned by the process of the Wood Seasoning and Preservation Company, with complete success; for, though hard and tough to carve, it was excellent for finishing, and in colour showed a beautiful grey tone.

Although full-size drawings of most of the carvings were provided by the architect, Miss Moller was allowed an entirely free hand as to the treatment, and the result has proved most satisfactory to both architect and artist. The work came into Miss Moller's hands the middle of February, 1903, and by the middle of November it was completed.

The result of these alterations and embellishments has been to make the hall of the mansion more worthy of its size and beautiful situation, standing as it does in an estate of over 300 acres of gently undulating park and pasture land, in one of the most charming counties in England.

Panel 2 in the Hall at Holmstead Place, Sussex.

Panel in the Hall at Holmstead Place, Sussex.

Designed and Carved by Muriel Moller.

The panels we give of the hall are a few of the forty, set, diamondwise, in the panelling around the hall, a natural design alternating with a conventional one, and beginning and ending with the two upright panels, the lily and the rose, which come on either side of the mantelpiece. These panels show great ingenuity in their variety and excellent style in their treatment; it is interesting to note that all the natural designs are worked from a circle, and all the conventional ones from a centre. The long border on the staircase is one of the most beautiful pieces of work. Unfortunately, we can only show a small portion of it. The egg-and-tongue is noticeable for its clean cutting.

Miss Muriel Moller was assisted in her share of the work by Miss Gertrude Culley, Miss Margaret Bell, Miss Marie Jefferson, Miss A. Montefiore, Miss Norah Morrison, Miss Eileen Strick, and Miss Hilda Ware. It seems worthy of note that the entire carved work in this noble hall was executed by women.