Record copy of design for a chair, 12 August 1790 (1)
The chair is a side or single chair (that is, without arms) with a drop-in rush seat. The frame is probably of beech, the spindles and stretchers turned to simulate (?) bamboo, and painted white picked out in green. The overall height is 2 feet 11 3/8 inches, 1 foot 6 inches from floor to seat rail, 8 ½ inches from floor to front stretcher, 1 foot 3 inches across the top rail, and the tapered drop-in seat is 1 foot 1 7/8 inches (back) and 1 foot 6 7/8 inches (front).
A lightweight chair of this sort may have been used in the bedrooms or taken out in the garden on fine days.
The drawing (perspective only) was published by P. Ward-Jackson in English furniture designs of the eighteenth century (for the Victoria & Albert Museum), 1959, plate 305 with a note (p.64) that 'No chairs have been traced corresponding with this design, but there are some chairs still at Shotesham in a very similar style, probably made from designs by Soane. (information kindly supplied by Mrs Fellowes through Miss Dorothy Stroud.)'