Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000028
by 1762
Devenish, Thomas (active 1770-1796)
Vile, William (English furniture maker, 1714/15–1767)
Cobb, John (English cabinet-maker and upholsterer, c.1715–1778)
Beech, black and gilt, reproduction worsted damask, silk and worsted tape and yarn,
69.6 x 150.5 x 53.5 cm
Inscriptions: signed on the stretcher 'by Thos. Courtenay Devenish' and incised 'IF'; and on the frame 'Restuffed byH. Adams Nov. 1833.'
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Gallery

1774 Description: The room is hung with crimson Norwich damask; the chairs, the settees, and long stools are made of the same, mounted on black and gold frames. (65)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (47)

Sale Text: A pair of window couches, of similar fashion, covered en suite.

Object History

Provenance: Made for Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 24, possibly lot 7 bt. Oldmixon, Esq, £4.10.0 or lot 8 bt. Webb, Old Bond Street, £4.4.0 ; (lots 7 & 8 were corresponding pairs of "window couches"); c.1974, Quenby Hall, Leicester; 1975 March, Asprey & Co bt W.S. Lewis, £4,100; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 141.

Bibliography: H.A Tipping, “Strawberry Hill—II, Middlesex,” Country Life 12 (July 1924): 60.
Accounts [10] 123-124 note 16, 105 note 12.
Sir Ambrose Heal, The London Furniture Makers from the Restoration to the Victorian Era 1660-1840 (London: B.T. Batsford, 1953), xi, 189.
Ralph Edwards, The Shorter Dictonary of English Furniture (London: Country Life, 1964), 511.
John Cornforth, “The Cowles-Lewis House, Farmington—II” Country Life (27 April 1978): 1153, [illustration] 7.
W. S. Lewis, Rescuing Horace Walpole (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978), 89.
Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert (eds.), Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 (Leeds: Furniture History Society, W.S. Maney and Son Ltd., 1986), 923-928.
Clive Wainwright, The Romantic Interior: the British Collector at Home, 1750-1850 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989), 105.
Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev led. (Wappingers’ Falls, NY: Antiques Collectors’ Club Ltd., 2000, c. 1954), vol. III, 178.