Harewood House, which offered Thomas Chippendale his most lucrative commission, celebrates the master designer’s 300th anniversary.
Born just down the road from Harewood in Otley, Thomas Chippendale was one of 18th-century Britain’s finest and most innovative furniture makers. In 1767, he began what was the largest and most lucrative commission of his career, offering a bespoke service to furnish the newly built Harewood House.
The exhibition will include an innovative, mirrored display of Harewood’s acclaimed Diana and Minerva Commode on the State Floor, a contemporary response to the work of Chippendale by artist Geraldine Pilgrim in both the Courtyard and Terrace Gallery, and a trail through the House and grounds showcasing the breadth of Chippendale’s craftsmanship and activity at Harewood.
Visitors can also see Harewood’s original copy of The Director, one of the first examples of an illustrated furniture catalogue, which contributed greatly to Chippendale’s influence across the world.