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The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is the most formal space in the house. All of its walls were designed to be symmetrical, so there are four doors into it when two would have been sufficed. According to tradition the width of the room was contrived especially to accommodate three large portraits of George I, Queen Anne and Prince George of Denmark by Sir Godfrey Kneller, which still remain in the house.

The room was originally built as a Dining Room. It is a long way from the kitchen, but that was not a material consideration in 18th century households well-staffed with servants. Its original furnishings included three Egyptian marble slabs with mahogany frames (which together must have formed the dining table), two mirrors between the windows, a dozen mahogany chairs and three sets of yellow damask draw-up curtains.

A fine George II breakfast cabinet in the manner of William Kent, a William and Mary side table with a marquetry top, a pair of late George II mirrors, a mid-19th century French boulle bureau of etched brass on tortoiseshell and an early 18th century overmantel mirror are some of the Drawing Room furniture items.


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