The Gallery in 1906
In 1906, the gallery was described as "a handsome room, paneled to the ceiling in oak, arranged in large square panels. There is no mantel, but a simple fireplace. Above it is a portrait of John Jay by Gilbert Stuart, given by John Jay to General Stephen Van Rensselaer. The curtains are of red velvet; the furniture is covered with red leather; the rug is red; this brilliant color being finely offset by the dark tone of the walls, on which are hung a number of old English color prints. The side-lights are gilt." Barr Ferree, "Notable American Homes: 'The Homestead', the Home of Nathaniel Thayer, Esq. Lancaster, Massachusetts." American Homes and Gardens, 1906.
NOTE: There is now a picture of Nathaniel E. Thayer hanging above the fireplace. And the red is gone.