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Socrates, Virgil, Homer, Cicero, Sappho, Shakespeare, Dryden, Milton, and Livy. Over the Statues are Bar. reliefs, copied from Antiques out of the Florentine Mu. seum, properly disposed ; and a Statue of the Venus de Medicis. Here is also a curious Model of the Radclivian Library at Oxford.
The Chimney-Piece is superb and lofty, decorated with a Portrait of Henry Earl of Litchfield, by Akerman.
The MUSIC-RO O M Is well constructed for Musick, and has several Paintings in it, viz.
The Grandfather and Grandmother of the late Earl of Litchfield.
The late Earl.
The Honourable Mr. Lee, and Sir Watkin Williams Wynne, by Hoare.
Rubens and his Son, hanting wild Beasts.
A Shooting-piece, and two Hunting pieces, by Wotton. In the Shooting piece the two late Lords are introduced.
The DINING-ROOM Is ornamented with several masterly Portraits.
Henry VIII. by Hans Holben, in his highest finishing. Charles I. with Charles II. at his Knee, by Vandyck.
Sir Henry Lee, with the Mastiff which saved his Life, by Johnson. -The story of this Piece is founded on an escape of Sir Harry, from being affaflinated by one of his own Servants, who had formed a design of robbing the House, after having murdered his Marter. But on the Night it was to be put in execution, the Dog, though no Favourite with, nor ever before taken notice of by his Master, accompanied him up Stairs, crept under the Bed, and could not be driven
away by the Servant, when Sir Harry ordered him to be left: and in the dead of Night, the same Servant en. tering the Room to execute his design, was instantly seized by the Dog, and upon being secured, confessed his intentions. In one Corner of the Piece is the following Line.
“More faithful than favoured."). Lord Henry, by Richardson ; and the old Dowager Lady, by Vanderbank, both in their Coronation-Robes.
The Duke of Monmouth and his Mother.
Johnson, in his best manner.
The DAMASK BEDCHAMBER.
The Tapestry which is executed with uncommon Expression, represents Boys engaged in several Sports and Employments, fome squeezing Grapes, others as Play,' &c.
Paintings. 1. Admiral Lee. 2. The Queen of Bohemia, by Johnson. 3, 4. Lord and Lady Tenham.
TAPESTRY DRAWING ROOM. It is furnished with Tapestry not less-masterly than that last described. The subjects are, the Muses and Apollo finging and playing on their several Inftruments; Bacchanalian Scenes, and a Vintage.
The Paintings are 1. The Countess of Rochester, by Sir Peter Lely. 2. The Countess of Lindesey, by the same. 3. Sir Francis Harry Lee, by Vandyck.
4. Sir Harry Lee, full Length, in the Robes of a Knight of the Garter, by Johnson.
In this Room we are shewn a large beautiful India Chest.
From this Apartment we have an entertaining View of a winding Valley; with a' ferpentine Canal, over which is thrown an elegant Bridge from a Defign of Palladio's.
The SALON. The Ceiling and Walls are richly Stuccoed; in the middle Compartment of the Roof Flora and the Zephyrs : and on the Walls Minerva and Diana,
Antiques. 1. The Goddess Health, three Feet in Heigth, formerly in Dr. Mead's Collection. On its Pedestal is a Bas Relief of Æfculapius,
2. A Medallion of a Sleeping Cupid. The Diameter is nine Inches. The GREEN DAMASK DRAWING
ROOM, The marble Chimney-Piece and Table in this Room are of the most beautiful Sorts. The two Corinthian Columns to the Chimney Piece and high finishing of the Whole are worthy of Scheemaker, who was the Artist. The Landscape in the middle is by Mr. Wotton, who has gained great Applause in this Species of Painting
Over the Doors are striking Paintings of Ruins, Rocks and Cascades.
The Italian Table in this Room is a valuable and beautiful Curiosity.
GILT DRAWING ROOM. This was formerly called the Best Dining Room.
Paintings, viz. A full-length Portrait of Charles II. and of the Duchess of Cleveland, by Lely.
The present Duke of Grafton's Great Grandfather, and Lady Charlotte Fitzroy, his Lordship's Grandmo. ther, by Kneller,
The Decorations of the Wainscot are gilt; and the ftuccoed Ceiling is correspondent to the Talte and Splendor of the rest.
Here are two Tables of Ægyptian Marble, which juftly demand our Observation.
The Chimney-Piece of this Apartment is finely exe. cuted; and over it a Landscape by Wotton.
The VELVET BEDCHAMBER, So called from the Bed and Hangings, which are of a singular Figure, made at Genoa,
The elegant Chimney-Piece is by Scheemaker, ornamented with an Italian Prospect of a Ruin.
The Dressing Table is of Tortoise-Shell, curiously inlaid. It was made in France.
The TAPESTRY ROOM. Is the laft we are hewn, curiously ornamented in the Chinese Tafte, ani has two elegant and costly Sconces..
The Tapeitry represent the Cyclops forging the Armour for Æneas, and Neptune, properly attended, directing the refitting a Vessel, which has been shipwrecked.
The Chimney Piece is of white Marble. Over it is a capital Picture by Sir Peter Lely of the Duke and Duchess of York, and the Princesses Mary and Anne.
Two Landscapes over the Doors are by an Italian Master.
The Chairs in this Room are each ornamented with one of the Fables of Æsop.
In this Apartment is a beautiful Fire-Screen of Needle Work, by the Dowager Lady of Henry Earl of Litchfield. The Subject is the Rape of Proserpine.
Proper to this Apartment are the Chinese Lady and the Porter with a Cheft of Tea. Two rich Branches on each side the Chimney Piece; one supported by a Black-moor, the other by a Mullatto. K 3
Η Ε Υ Τ Η R Ο Ρ,
Τ Η Ε S Ε Α Τ Ο F
THE EARL OF SHREWSBURY.
T is situated seventeen Miles North of Oxford, and
Litchfield. It stands on an Eminence and has
delight that can result from a diversity of Wood, Water, Eminences, and Vales.
An Avenue of above two Miles. planted on each fide with Forest Trees, interspersed with Clumps of Fir, leads from the North to the grand Area before the House ; and by its length and variety, forms an exceeding magnificent Approach. The Architect of this House, though so modern a Building, is not known.
The House is a regular Edifice, consisting of four Fronts, built in a molt elegant stile of Architecture, and is joined to the Offices by open Arcades. We enter the House by a Flight of Steps under a grand Portico, supported by four lofty Corinthian Columns.
Is a well proportioned Room, thirty-two Feet by twenty-seven Feet nine. It is finished in plain Stucco, and adorned with Vafes and Lamps upon highly finished Brackets. The Eye is agreeably furprized on our first entring, by the Reflection of the Avenue, and part of the Hall, from two large mirror Salhes on each fide the Door leading to the Salon, which raifes the idea of ana. ther Room of equal Dimensions and Magnificence.