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This fire screen depicts a shape and a decoration very typical of the English Gothic Revival. Gathering several figurative stained glasses put together in a wood mount laying on two feet, this exceptionnal fire screen is composed of three mobile panels. The decoration of these stained glasses and especially the jovial animals and Neo-Gothic figures, is characteristic of John Moyr Smith's hand, considered as one of the most talented draughtman of the end of the Victorian period
The Library at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. The house was built between 1749 to 1776 for Horace Walpole with Wiliam Robinson, and later James Essex as executive architects. The design was developed by the 'committee of taste', Richard Bentley, John Chute, and Walpole himself. Some of the interiors were designed by Bentley, Chute, and, in the 1760s, Thomas Pitt (later Lord Camelford), and Robert Adam. The Library was first devised by Bentley and then revised by Chute in 1754. The elaborate bo...