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The re-decoration of Cobham Hall in Kent for the 3rd Earl of Darnley is fraught with problems of documentation. There was a general restoration by Sir William Chambers from c.1767, but it would seem that the Earl's general architectural factotum from 1770 to 1781 was George Shakespeare, a pupil of Isaac Ware, and a skilled interior architect who could cleverly respond to the work of Chambers. His design for the Gilt Hall at Cobham may belong to the period 1771 to 1774 and it is significant that not only does it incorporate Chambersian elements, but so does this 'intended' design for the library. For the 1770s the proposed bookcase is archaic, resembling the Chippendale bookcase in Chambers' design for a study in Pembroke House, Whitehall, c.1760-62.
|Height||330.00 mm||(12.99 inches)|
|Width||482.00 mm||(18.98 inches)|