Chair by William Kent

When Chiswick House reopened to the public in 1958 following a decade of restoration, it contained no furniture and English Heritage pursued the purchase of original Chiswick pieces rather than simply commissioning replicas.


Carved mahogany
93 x 61 x 48 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,000 ( Total: £14,000)
Acquired in:

The Chiswick inventory of 1770 lists 'Twelve Mahogany Elbow Chairs' standing in the gallery. The architectural design, with pedimented back, acanthus, coin and fish-scale ornament, is consistent with other furniture supplied to Burlington and is attributed to Kent. Burlington, a devotee of the art of architecture, chose this pattern for temple-pedimented and truss-supported chairs in honour of Inigo Jones, who had introduced true Roman ornament to interior decoration and furnishing.


Supplied to Chiswick House c.1730; removed c.1892; private collection

Venue details

Chiswick House Burlington Lane, Chiswick, LONDON London W4 2RP 020 3141 3353

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.10)

Sun – Wed and bank holidays
From April-October: 10am – 6pm
From Oct to Nov: 10am – 5pm

Every day (all year) 7am – Dusk
Every day (all year) 10am – 4pm
Every day (except Christmas Day) 8.30am – until approx. one hour prior to Gardens gate closing time.

Access restrictions and requirements

There is a narrow spiral staircase to reach the first floor of the House. The house staff can provide alternative access via the external portico steps. There is no disabled access to the first floor of Chiswick House. The Conservatory is fully accessible to wheelchairs and also contains some seating in the central rotunda. The café’s floor is flat and step-free. The doors are automatic. Public toilet facilities including a fully accessible bathroom are situated beside the Café.

Please visit the website for further details on the access requirements.