Peel Cottage Bathroom

Peel Cottage, London


Designed as a Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art, this bathroom consists of a 2-light stained glass window, bronze window handles, and interrelated Venetian glass smalti mosaic floor and walls. The reflective, plaster-painted walls were designed to catch the transillumination of colour from the window, which incorporates collaged medieval and Renaissance fragments of glass. The white smalti passage of Brian's characteristic line, which extends across the floor mosaic, is continued in the skull portrait on the wall. Preparatory watercolour studies and paintings in oil were made for the architectural artworks.