Beningbrough Hall - State bedchamber
by John Greenhill
The state bed is a superb example of the early eighteenth-century upholsterer's craft. The crimson damask pelmets over the windows were made by the same craftsman to complement the bed, turning the room into a unified decorative ensemble in typical Baroque fashion. At that period such beds were powerful status symbols. They were often the most important piece of furniture in a house, sometimes costing more than all the other contents put together.
Among the portraits is Handel's patron, the Duke of Chandos. This is the surviving part of a double portrait showing the Duke being painted by his wife; her portrait is lost but her foot and her easel and canvas can still be made out at the right.
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Portraits on display: State bedchamber
Portraits on display: State dressing room
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