24 May, 2011

Why Don't You?

1950. Dining-room at Wilton House. Smith, the buttler has been with the Earl and Countess of Pembroke for 36 years. There was a time when the family had 28 indoor servants, but the drastic postwar chances do not worry the Pembrokes:

"All through the war, we ate behind a screen in our living-room."

- Sidney Herbert, 16th Earl of Pembroke, 13th Earl of Montgomery