The Tapestry Room

Here, in what had been the entrance hall of the original house, Adam created a drawing room specifically for William Weddells’ set of Gobelins tapestries which he ordered in Paris in 1763.

One of only six sets made for English patrons they are now the only set remaining in its entirety in the setting for which it was made. The subjects, ‘The Loves of the Gods’ were from designs by François Boucher, the favourite painter of Louis XV’s mistress Madame de Pompadour. Woven under the management of Jacques Neilson, they were delivered in 1767, travelling to England in the French Ambassador’s diplomatic bag in order to avoid import duty!

The entire room, completed in 1776, has a coherent design scheme: the English Axminster carpet and ceiling were both designed by Adam and Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to provide the sofas and chairs, designed to fit around the room under the tapestries. They are the only pieces of Chippendale furniture known to have retained their original upholstery and covers.

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