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Holkham Hall: Green State bedroom
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Holkham Hall, home of the Coke family and the Earls of Leicester, was built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. This Palladian style mansion reflects Thomas Coke's appreciation of classical art developed during his "Grand Tour" of Europe which lasted 6 years and from which he returned in the spring of 1718.

The Green State bedroom viewed in this panorama is the most important bedroom in the house. Kings, Queens and nobility of all ranks have slept here.

During a visit by Queen Mary, the painting of Jupiter Caressing Juno by Hamilton was considered unsuitable for that lady's eyes and was banished to the attics.

The panels on the window walls are a set of three Soho tapestries. The slips either side of the bed, all woven by Paul Saunders and George Smith Bradshaw in 1757 to match the set of Brussels tapestry panels, with borders en suite, show Asia after designs by Zuccarelli, who was paid £80 for designing this in 1758.

Holkham is still privately owned and is home to the current Earl and his family. Situated in the centre of a 25,000 acre agricultural land, the estate provides funds and resources, which maintain not only the house, but also ensure that the social fabric of rural life remains intact.

Although the house is closed to the public in the winter, is never empty or idle. Its library, statues, paintings and furniture are a major source for academic research.

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