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Special Collections Material

From The history of the royal residences by William Henry Pyne (London: 1819)
Sp Coll f327-9 (plate here from volume 3: Sp Coll f329)

On entering this spacious apartment, the eye is agreeably struck with the happy combination of splendid materials tastefully arranged; consisting of a profusion of rich draperies, large pier glasses, grand chandeliers of brilliant cut glass, massive furniture richly gilt, candelabra, tripods, bronzes, elegant vases, and other corresponding decorations, displaying at once the improved taste of the arts and manufactures of Great Britain. To these are added some valuable original pictures by English and foreign masters.

(page 20)

Crimson drawing room, Carlton House
Carlton House: Crimson Drawing Room
(Plate between pp.20-21: drawn by C. Wild; engraved by Sutherland)


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