Newby Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire is the home of Richard & Lucinda Compton. Richard’s ancestor, William Weddell, engaged Robert Adam to redesign the Hall interiors to provide a backdrop for his extensive Grand Tour acquisitions in the late 18C. Thomas Chippendale was commission to provide the furniture, including the fabulous Tapestry Room chairs, uniquely covered with fabric from the Gobelins Factory in Paris. This is the only Chippendale suite with its original covers and still in its original setting, and the Tapestry Room is the most complete Chippendale interior in existence. Together with dining chairs, hall chairs, card and Pembroke tables, the Newby Hall collection is internationally celebrated as one of the largest and most complete in private ownership anywhere.
2018 will see specialist guided tours exploring the contribution Chippendale made to Newby Hall, focussing on the relationship between the interior of the Hall and Weddell’s Grand Tour collection. Additional items of Chippendale furniture from other collections will be displayed at Newby from June until September 2018 illustrating the breadth of Chippendale’s skill.