Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Refectory [Great Parlour].

Gothic Chairs [Set of eight]
Chair of gothic pattern

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000158
c. 1755. The upholstery of the seat is modern.
Hallett, William I (British cabinetmaker, 1707-1781) ,Furniture worker
Bentley, Richard (British author and draftsman, 1708-1782)
Walpole, Horace (English writer and connoisseur, 1717–1797)
Beech, painted black to imitate ebony
132 x 60.8 x 53 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. W.29–1989. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Refectory [Great Parlour]

1774 Description: The chairs are black, of a gothic pattern, designed by Mr. Bentley and Mr. Walpole. (5)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (4)

Sale Text: Lot 49: Two Most Beautifully Carved Chairs, ebonized, the backs of the true Gothic order, very elaborately and delicately carved, black frames and seats of embossed work. Lot 50: Two equally beautiful chairs. Lot 51: Ditto. Lot 52: Ditto. These chairs were the joint designs of Mr. Bentley and Mr. Walpole, and are perfectly unique.

Object History

Provenance: Lewis Walpole Library Chairs:| 1755, Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 19, lot 49 bt Piggott, Richmond, £5.15.6; or lot 52, bt Piggott, Richmond, £4.14.6; 1953, April, Major T.B.C. Piggott, Maidenhead, Berks, bt W.S. Lewis, £100; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.| Victoria and Albert Chairs:| 1755, Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 19, lot 49 bt Piggott, Richmond, £5.15.6; or lot 52, bt Piggott, Richmond, £4.14.6; Victoria and Albert Museum, purchased with the assistance of the Brigadier Clark Bequest Fund, through The Art Fund.

Exhibition History: "Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill." Orleans House Gallery. Twickenham, England. 9/20/1980-12/7/1980. No. 84.
"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. 61.

Bibliography: Accounts [6] 83-84, note 8
HW Corres 14:60, 35:181-2
Ralph Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture (London: Country Life, 1964), 146, 659.
John Cornforth, “The Cowles-Lewis House, Farmington—II,” Country Life (27 April 1978), 1153, [illustration] 7.
OHG 84
Peter Thornton, Authentic Décor: The Domestic Interior 1620-1920 (New York: Viking, 1984), 175.
Clive Wainwright, The Romantic Interior (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989), 85-87 and 92, fig. 65.
Megan Aldrich, Gothic Revival (London: Phaidon, 1994), 64.
Chris Brooks, The Gothic Revival (London: Phaidon, 1999), 87, 91.
Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed. (Wappingers’ Falls, NY: Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd., 2000, c1954 ) vol. 1, 284.