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Water, one of the Soho ‘Elements’ tapestries, by John Vanderbank, after Charles Le Brun, circa 1685.

The element Water, with Neptune and Thetis riding the waves drawn by seahorses, the borders filled with seashells, coral and marine trophies; the top one with the arms of the 5th Earl and Countess supported by dolphins. The side borders have oblong medallions of ships (partly concealed behind the state bed), corner roundels with marine subjects and a central Latin text relative to the element at the centre of the bottom border, signed FH; the maker’s mark IVdb, 13ft 4in high by 15ft 6in wide.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: “the bed chamber 2nd George Room 3 Pieces of Tapestry represent Fire- Water & Air.”


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