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Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent: the Great Staircase showing one of the square newels surmounted by a heraldic Sackville leopard

RIBA Ref No RIBA5275
Architect/DesignerDungan, Richard
Isaacson, Paul
Artist/PhotographerSmith, Edwin (1912-1971)
CountryUK: England
CitySevenoaks
Subject Date1608
Image Date1959
ViewInterior
StyleJacobean
MediumPhotoprint
Library ReferenceES5737
OrientationPortrait
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditEdwin Smith / RIBA Collections
SubjectCountry houses ; Interior decoration ; Sculpture ; Stairs ; Decorative woodwork ; Photomurals
NOTES: The house was built by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury, between 1456 and 1486. It passed into Royal possession in 1537 during the Dissolution. In 1566, Elizabeth I presented the house and estate to her cousin Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, who substantially remodelled the medieval palace between 1603 and 1608. Richard Dungan, the King's Plasterer, was responsible for the patterned ceiling and Paul Isaacson, the Master Painter, for the strap-work and trompe-l'oeil adorning this Jacobean addition.
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