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lait described. The subjects are, the Mufes and Apollo finging and playing on their several inftruments ; Bacchanalian Scenes, and a Vintage.
The Paintings are, The Countess of Rochester, by Sir Peter Lely; the Countess of Lindesey, by the same ; Sir Francis Harry Lee, by. Vandyck; Şir. Harry Lee, full-length, in the Robes of a Knight of the Garter, by Johnson.
In this room we are thewn a large beautiful India Cheit.
From this apartment we have an entertaining view of a winding valley with a serpentine canal, over which is thrown an elegant bridge, from a design of Palladio's.
THE SALOON. The Ceiling and Walls are richly stuccoed; in the middle compartment of the Roof, Flora and the Zee phyrs; and on the Walls, Minerva and Diana.
ANTIQU E S. The Goddess Health, three feet in height, formerly in Dr. Mead's Collection. On its Pedestal is a Bas Relief of Æsculapius. A Medallion of a Sleeping Cupid, the Diameter of which is nine inches.
THE GREEN DAMASK DRAWING-ROOM.
The marble Chimney-piece and Table in this room are of the most beautiful forts. The two Corinthian Columns to the Chimney piece, and high finishing of the whole, are worthy of Scheemaker, who was the Artist. The Landscape in the middle is by Mr. Wotton, who has gained great applause in this species of painting. Over the Doors are striking Paintings of Ruins, Rock3 and Cascades. The Italian Table in this Room is a valuable and beautiful Curiosity.
GILT DRAWING ROOM.
Duchess of Cleveland, by Lely; the present Duke of Grafton's Great Grandfather, and Lady Charlotte Fitzroy, his Lordship’s Grandmother, by Kneller.
The decorations of the Wainscot are gilt; and the ftoccoed Ceiling is correspondent to the taste and fplen. dour of the rest. Here are two Tables of Ægyptian marble, which juftly' demand our observation. The Chimney piece of this apartment is finely executed ; and over it a Landscape, by Wotton.
THE VELVET BEDCHAMBER, So called from the Bed and Hangings, which are of a fingular figure, made at Genoa. The elegant Chimney-piece is by Scheemaker, ornamented with an Italian Prospect of a Ruin. The Dresing Table is of Tortoisefhell, curiously inlaid. It was made in France.
THE TAPESTRY ROOM, The last we are fewn, is curiously ornamented in the Chinese taste, and has two clegant and costly Sconces. The Tapestry represents the Cyclops forging the Armour for Æneas, and Neptune, properly attended, directing the refitting a veffel, which has been shipwrecked. The Chimney-piece is of white marble. Over it is a capital Picture, by Sir Peter Lely, of the Duke and Duchess of York, and the Princesses Mary and nne. Two Landscapes over the Doors are by an Italian Mafter. The Chairs in this Room are each ornamented with one of the Fables of Æsop. In this apartment is a beautiful Fire-Screen of needle-work, by the Dowager Lady of Henry Earl of Litchfield. The Subject is the Rape of Proserpine. Proper to this apartment are the Chinese Lady and the Porter with a Cheft of Tea. Two rich Branches on each side the Chimney-piece ; one supported by a Blackmoor, the other by a Mulaito.
S situated seventeen miles north of Oxford, and about
four and an half from the Seat of the Earl of Litchfield. It stands on an eminence, and has every delight that can result from a diversity of wood, water, emi. nences, and vales.
An avenue of above two miles, planted on each side with forest trees, interspersed with clumps of fir, leads from the north to the grand area before the house, and, by its length and variety, forms an exceeding magnificent approach. The Architect of this house, though so modern a building, is not known.
The house is a regular edifice, confifting of four fronts, built in a moft elegant style of architecture, and is joined to the offices by open arcades. We enter the house by a flight of steps under a great portico, fupported by four lofty Corinthian columns.
T H E H A L L Is a well-proportioned room, thirty-two feet by twenty-seven feet nine. It is finished in plain stucco, and adorned with Vases and Lamps upon highly finished Brackets. The eye is agreeably surprised on our first entering, by the reflection of the Avenue, and part of the Hall, from two large mirror Sathes on each side the
Door leading to the Saloon, which raises the idea of another Room of equal dimensions and magnificence.
From the Hall, we go to the grand Stair-cafe, the walls and ceiling of which are ornamented with Pannels and Feftoons of stucco. We next come to
THE BREAKFASTING PARLOUR, A neat and commodious room. Over the Chimney is a fine Landscape, by Pouffin ; and four other Land. scapes, by an eminent Italian Mafter ; as likewise an excellent Portrait of some unknown Person, by Hans Holbein : with some other Landscapes and Portraits.
From hence we are conducted into the Family Apartments.To the right of the Ante-chamber, enriched with some Prints and fome Family Portraits, is his Lordship's Dressing-Room; on the left is her Lady. thip's Dreffing-Room.
THE LITTLE BLUE DRAWING-ROOM. This is an apartment of twenty-one feet by eighteen and an half, and enriched with an elegant Chimneypiece, of Sienna marble, executed by the late Mr. Carter.
Over the Chimney is a Family Piece of King Charles JI. by Vandyck : and on the sides of the Room the Portraits of the late Earl and present Countess of Shrewsbury, by Mr. Hoare.
THE PRINCIPAL BEDCHAMBER Is fitted up with Tapestry, with a rich blưe Damask Bed and Furniture. The adjoining Closet is an elegant Apartment hung with Chinese Paper ; from whence we command an extensive prospect over the adjacent Country.
From the Bedchamber before mentioned we come to
Which is a superb room, 83 feet in length, and zo in height.
The Ornaments of this room are masterly: they confift chiefly of the most elegant and highly finished ftucco, by the late and present Mr. Roberts of Oxford; the designs of which are admirably adapted to the purposes of the place.
On the north side are seven Recesses, one of which is the entrance from the Hall, and the other fix are filled with elegant Book-cales, over which are curious Me. dallions of Cicero, Plato, Thucydides, Homer, Shakespeare, and Inigo Jones. In this fide are also two superb Chimney-pieces, by Carter, composed of rich antique marble. The entrances at each end are formed to correspond with the other Recesses; the semicircular Arches over which, as well as that leading from the Hall, are ornamented in stucco with Fables from Æsop, admirably executed ; with a Medallion of the same kind over each Chimney. The south side, which fronts the Garden, confifts of eight magnificent windows, with a pair of folding Glass Doors, which open to the Terrace, and afford a moft delightful and extensive prospect.
The Ceiling, which is entirely plain, is fupported by columns of the Corinthian order; and is encompassed by an exceeding rich Ionic Entablature. This room is likewise enriched by pendent Ornaments, in alto relievo, of Still Life, Military, Musical, and Mathematical Instruments; with a judicious mixture of Fruit and Flowers.
THE SMALLER DRAWING-ROOM Is furnished with Genoa Flowered Damask, and has a Chimney-piece of fine marble, and very curious workmanship. The Ceiling and Cove are in Fretwork Compartments, ornamented with Birds, Foliages and Fertoons of Flowers.