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Swallowfield Park Case Study: The Making of an English Country House

Mantelpiece at Polesden Lacey, Surrey – NT Inventory 1246970. Copyright at National Trust/Andrew Fetherston. Example of Sienna marble. Imagine what this mantlepiece (above left) might have looked like...

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The Indian Seal Case Study: The Sykes Family

Page from Francis Sykes’s bank account with Goslings Bank 1770/1771 showing purchases of East India stock. The fortune brought back from India by Francis Sykes was reckoned by his contemporaries to be...

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Aske Hall Case Study: Dundas and the Nabob Interior

Dundas and The Nabob Interior If one of the attributes of a nabob was to live with pretention and ostentation, then the furnishing of the home would surely be a key indicator of this taste?  Alphonse...

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Englefield House Case Study: The East India Company Arrives (1745-1776)

Englefield’s imposing structure stands within rolling grounds near the village of Englefield in Berkshire, on the site of an earlier house, which belonged to the Englefield family. The Englefields...

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Shugborough Case Study: Two Brothers

George Anson, 1st Baron Anson. 1755. After Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). Oil on Canvas. London: National Portrait Gallery. NPG 518. The story of Shugborough as we now know it is essentially that of two...

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Osterley Case Study: Family Commerce

Figure 3: The Money brothers: William (1769-1834), James (1772-1833) and Robert Taylor (1775-1803) 1788-92, by John Francis Rigaud, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, BHC2866.A group portrait...

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General Duff Case Study: At home in India

At home in India Although Patrick made the arduous voyage between India and Britain five times, most of his adult life was spent in India. While on one return visit to Britain in 1774, he married his...

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Robert Smith and Redcliffe Towers Case Study: Background and Training

Figure 2. Jivan Ram, Raja (Raja Jirvan Raja), Portrait of Robert Smith, Bengal Engineers, c.1830, oil painting. © British Library Board, Foster 870. Background and Training Robert Smith’s early family...

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