The South Drawing Room was, for a hundred years, a dining room and now serves as a reception room. It contains some splendidly ornate and important furniture, much of it French, acquired by the First Earl Spencer for Spencer House in London.
In this room is an outstanding collection of portrait paintings, predominately by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Amongst these is one portrait, painted in 1786, of John Charles, Viscount Althorp. He was the only person to be painted by Reynolds, and also (when an old man) to be photographed.
This was one of the first rooms to be redecorated by Earl Spencer after he inherited Althorp in 1992.