Hand-painted frieze and trompe l'oeil ceiling paintings

Painted rooms were frequently the common man's answer to expensive wallpaper, undertaken by local amateurs or itinerant artists in imitation of much coveted French scenic wallpapers of the day. Such beautifully painted scenes could range from the familiar to the exotic. The landscapes in McDougall Cottage were painted by John “Jack” Baird (1862-1922), brother of Cottage owner James Baird. Jack was a photographer, painter and true-life adventurer.