I,II) Newhailes House, 1686-1790. East Lothian, Scotland.
The southwestern elevation and its double-height library windows, and the library interior. Dr. Samuel Johnson referred to the Newhailes library, with its collection of 7,000 volumes, as “the most learned room in Europe.” See here for an excellent account of the complex series of alterations, additions, and interior renovations that make up the house’s architectural history.
III-V) William Vile, by attrib. The Newhailes Library Chairs, c. 1755. Mahogany. Original Aubusson tapestry panels signed by Pierre Mage, after designs by Oudry.
The original set consisted of four chairs.