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The furniture-makers Nicholas Morel and George Seddon went into partnership in 1826 to decorate George IV’s new Private Apartments in Windsor Castle. The firm produced a series of designs showing the principal elevations of each room, with the intended

George IV's lavish refurbishment of the Green Drawing Room at Windsor, 1824-30

Office of Morel & Seddon

The north elevation of the Library (the Green Drawing Room), Windsor Castle, c.1826 c.1826

RCIN 918384

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Nicholas Morel had been a regular supplier of furniture to George IV from the 1790s and in 1827 formed a partnership with George Seddon in order to furnish the Castle to the king's taste. Together, they prepared 'miniature designs', such as this one, for the 15 principal rooms at Windsor, showing how furniture and furnishings from the king's existing collection could be imaginatively combined with new pieces. Most of the designs survive, forming a unique record of late Georgian taste in interior decoration. The king sometimes wrote comments on the drawings and was said to spend his daily life at the nearby Royal Lodge enthusiastically examining 'the various plans in progress'. The principal architectural features of the Green Drawing Room's design – ceiling, cornice and windows – correspond closely with what was executed.