Painted And Decorated Chair

3 I in. high from floor to top of back.

3 ft. 7 ins.'high from floor to top of back. 2 ft. 3 ins. across front of seat. 2 ft. oj ins. width of back. 2 ft. 2 ins. depth of seat outside.

Fig. 42.

3 ft. 6 ins. from floor to top ot back. 2 ft. 3-5- ins. across front of seat. 2 ft. o ins. width of back. 2 ft. 2 ins. depth of seat outside.

and one master's chairs, and all are covered with the same crimson morocco, banded and studded with brass-headed nails. No record of their manufacture appears to have been preserved, but there is every indication that the designs of the wardens' and master's chairs are from the hand of Robert Adam.

Fig. 39 illustrates one of these oval-backed chairs, with the Adam detail still prominent, but betraying the guiding influence of the chair-maker in several ways. The back legs are prolonged above the seat framing and form the upright of the oval. In the Drapers' Company's chairs the oval backs are built up on a flat piece which is tenoned into the seat framing, a method of construction essentially weak, and which has resulted in many breakages from time to time. In Fig. 39 the arm is typical of Hepplewhite's chairs, sweeping round in graceful lines to the seat framing, and " hipped " over the front of the oval back. The legs are tapered, with a small socketed square above, and give an appearance of strength which is absent in Figs. 36, 37, and 38, and render the stretcher rails unnecessary to the design. To what degree of refinement and delicacy these " wheel-back " chairs could be carried by practical chair-makers such as Hepplewhite, without destroying the appearance of stability, may be noticed in Fig. 40. A very favourite

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