Picking up where we left off yesterday, here are some of the paintings of Josh Silburt, who followed up his editorial cartooning career by focusing on his art. In the days of Laurier and King, these corridors and rooms were servants quarters and offices for staff, and this was my first time back in this area, which has usually been off limits to the public.
This level includes items from both prime ministers, such as these in what was a formal guest room.
The player piano below occupies the Laurier Library. Wilfred used it as his personal office, while King made use of it as a guest room.
Here we have a view of the master bedroom. The Lauriers used it for that, and King did later. It is still decorated much as King would have left it.
Upstairs on the top floor is a room that would have been used by the head housekeeper in the Laurier days, while King turned it into his breakfast room, taking meals in here when he wasn't entertaining. His study was across the hall in a room that Laurier had used for billiards.
This room includes a peculiar set of artifacts- the Liberal Party of Canada gifted these to King. Abraham Lincoln had plaster casts made of his face at the time of the 1860 Republican nomination and his hands before his departure for Washington, done by Leonard Volk. Three copies of the Volk casting exist- one in the Smithsonian, one in a private collection in the United States, and the last one here.
I headed back downstairs, pausing in the drawing room on the ground floor.
Then I stepped out onto the spacious terrace wrapping around this part of the house.