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Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent: the King's Bedroom

RIBA Ref No RIBA25576
Artist/PhotographerSmith, Edwin (1912-1971)
CountryUK: England
CitySevenoaks
Subject Date1608
Image Date1959
ViewInterior
StyleJacobean
MediumPhotoprint
Library ReferenceESP/EHS/935 (?ESB7382)
OrientationPortrait
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditEdwin Smith / RIBA Collections
SubjectCountry houses ; Tapestries ; Interior decoration ; Bedrooms ; Draperies, curtains ; Beds
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. The King's Bedroom is traditionally supposed to have been decorated for the reception of King James I, but the bed and complementary furnishings have subsequently be correctly dated to later in the 17th century.
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