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of its successor the tall-backed chair. By the kindness of Mr. Letts, an illustration is given of a chair of a similar type (Plate 67). This is the low-backed armchair, which was apparently the form subsequently displaced by the more dignified and far more comfortable high-backed kind known to us as the4 4 Stuart" and the "William and Mary" chair.

Other illustrations include several reproductions of very beautiful high-backed chairs, some from Mr. Seymour Lucas's collection and others in the possession of Mr. Letts and Mr. Ashby Sterry. A beech chair carved and painted black is in the possession of Mr. Seymour Lucas. It is unusually large in size, and is probably of the date of Charles I. Sometimes these tall-backed chairs are oak, but most generally they are beech. Occasionally they are of walnut, but these are of later date, and are generally smaller in size, though still high-backed. Quite one of the most beautiful forms, to my thinking, is that with the double panelled cane back, like the illustration (Plate 68). These chairs, with their claw-and-ball feet, cabriole front legs, half-circular struttings, and shell carving, combine almost every distinguishing mark of the Stuart

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