Dining room from Kirtlington Park

Various artists/makers

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 511

Kirtlington Park was built for Sir James Dashwood between 1742 and 1746 by William Smith (1705–1747) and John Sanderson (d. 1783). The house and its park, which was laid out by Lancelot "Capability" Brown (1718–1783), are situated about ten miles north of Oxford. The Museum's room (ca. 1748), originally a dining room, occupied the space behind the three windows on the first floor of the right wing, as shown in the aerial photograph. Its plaster decoration is derived from a design signed by John Sanderson. At the four sides of the ceiling are panels emblematic of the seasons. The overmantel painting of a landscape with figures is signed by John Wootton (ca. 1686–1765) and dated 1748. The marble chimneypiece can be attributed by John Cheere (d. 1787) or Sir Henry Cheere (1703–1781). The mahogany doors and shutters are equipped with their original gilt-bronze hardware. The oak floor was probably cut from trees felled on the estate. The newly painted color of the room approximates the original color, as documented by microscopic examination of the various layers of paint.

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Dining room from Kirtlington Park, John Sanderson (active from ca. 1730–died 1774), Wood, plaster, marble, British, Oxfordshire

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