the chimney piece was designed by Mr Bentley
Horace Walpole’s Description 1784

The Great Parlour

This was Walpole’s dining-room. Latterly it had been hung with a heavy green and gold paper but it now resembles the 1788 Carter view with grey painted wall-paper and the restored glass and fire-place, designed by Richard Bentley.

The large replica sofas are being made by students from the London Metropolitan University and four gothic chairs have been carved, copied from an original now in the V&A. One of the pair of gothic mirrors designed by Walpole and William Hallett has returned under the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, while a portrait of Lady Townshend, Walpole’s aunt, has been loaned by Dulwich Picture Gallery.