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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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