SE4017 : The Library, Nostell Priory

taken 4 years ago, near to Wragby, Wakefield, Great Britain

The Library, Nostell Priory
The Library, Nostell Priory
The imposing Library table is the most elaborate of the many lacquered pieces of Chippendale furniture in the house.

The library was the first room that Rowland, 5th Baronet, asked Robert Adam to create in order to show off his wealth and worldliness. The painting on the easel is of Sir Rowland and Lady Winn in this Library; it is attributed to Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1736-1808). Sir Rowland was so proud of his library that he commissioned this painting immediately after it was completed. It shows him with his wife, Sabine, standing before Chippendale’s desk. The painting was hung in their house in St James Square to show off Sir Rowland’s fashionable new library to his London friends.

The room was redecorated for Charles Winn in the 1820s.
Nostell Priory
Nostell Priory is an elegant 18th-century Palladian mansion set in hundreds of acres of parkland. It takes its name from a 12th century monastery which was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1540. The land passed through several owners until it was bought by the Winn family in 1654, with plans to build a new country house. After the Civil War they supported the monarchy and were rewarded by Charles II with a baronetcy in 1660.

Building the mansion began around 1733. Rowland Winn, the 4th Baronet, hired James Paine to supervise the work and he worked on the house for the next 30 years, using an ornate rococo style. In 1765 Rowland Winn, the 5th Baronet, inherited. He and his Swiss wife Sabine employed Robert Adam to finish the house in the neoclassical style. Adam was commissioned to design additional wings, only one of which was completed, and complete the state rooms. He added a double staircase to the front of the house, and designed buildings on the estate, including the stable block. Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to decorate the interiors and, as a result, Nostell has one of the largest and finest Chippendale collections in the country.

The House, which is a Grade I listed building (English Heritage ID: LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) was given to the National Trust in 1953.

LinkExternal link Nostell Priory and Parkland (National Trust Visitor Information)
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Friday, 13 September, 2013   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
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Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Country estates 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 404 175 [100m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 404 175
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