Dining room from Kirtlington Park

Designer: John Sanderson

Maker: Chimneypiece possibly by Sir Henry Cheere (British, London 1703–1781 London)

Maker: Chimneypiece possibly by John Cheere (British, London 1709–1787 London)

Maker: Plasterwork attributed to Thomas Roberts (active 1685–1714)

Date: 1748

Culture: British, Oxfordshire

Medium: Wood, plaster, marble

Dimensions: H. 432 x W. 287 x D. 243 in. (1097.3 x 729 x 617.2 cm)

Classification: Woodwork

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1931

Accession Number: 32.53.1


Kirtlington Park was built for Sir James Dashwood between 1742 and 1746 by William Smith (1705–1747) and John Sanderson (d. 1783). The house and its park, which was laid out by Lancelot "Capability" Brown (1718–1783), are situated about ten miles north of Oxford. The Museum's room (ca. 1748), originally a dining room, occupied the space behind the three windows on the first floor of the right wing, as shown in the aerial photograph. Its plaster decoration is derived from a design signed by John Sanderson. At the four sides of the ceiling are panels emblematic of the seasons. The overmantel painting of a landscape with figures is signed by John Wootton (ca. 1686–1765) and dated 1748. The marble chimneypiece can be attributed by John Cheere (d. 1787) or Sir Henry Cheere (1703–1781). The mahogany doors and shutters are equipped with their original gilt-bronze hardware. The oak floor was probably cut from trees felled on the estate. The newly painted color of the room approximates the original color, as documented by microscopic examination of the various layers of paint.