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- Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire: designs for landscape architecture, alterations to the house, and interior design for Sir Nathaniel Curzon, 5th Baronet (created Lord Scarsdale 1761), 1759-72 (149)
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The nautical theme of the sofas is continued in the blue damask upholstery, walls and of the sofas, walls and curtains. The original blue damask was removed in 1906, but it was rewoven by the National Trust and installed in 2006 in memory of John Cornforth. An unexecuted design for a painted ceiling on a nautical theme survives amongst the drawings at Kedleston, and according to Harris the nautical theme of the room 'celebrates Britain's "Year of Victories" at sea in 1759 and George III's accession in 1760 as 'Monarch of the Ocean', which brought Curzon his long-awaited peerage'. The sofa's merfolk supporters themselves are related to those in William Chambers’ Treatise on civil architecture (1759).
The executed sofas vary slightly from Linnell’s drawings at the Soane Museum, and are more closely related to the drawings in the Kedleston drawings collection and at the V&A. There are five Linnell drawings for this sofa in the V&A: three preliminary designs and two finished drawings. The same design was used for Mrs Montagu’s sofas in her house on Portman Square, and one of these survives in the possession of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Contents of Design and alternative finished drawing for a sofa, and finished drawing for a chair, for the drawing room, 1762, sofa executed with alterations and delivered in 1762 (3)
-  Design for a sofa, for the drawing room, 1762, executed with alterations and delivered in 1765
-  Alternative finished drawing for a sofa, for the drawing room, 1762, executed with alterations and delivered in 1765
-  Finished drawing for a chair, for the drawing room, 1762