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John Ridge

Tester bed 1682

Carved wood covered in embroidered velvet and silk, with ostrich feathers | 179.0 x 212.0 cm | RCIN 28209

Queen's Bedchamber, Palace of Holyroodhouse

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This bed was supplied in 1682 for the Duchess of Hamilton's use at Holyroodhouse. By the end of the eighteenth century, however, the Dukes of Hamilton rarely visited the Palace and the rooms fell into disuse. By the middle of the nineteenth century, when the Office of Works took over the care of the 'Historical Apartments', the Duchess's bed was placed in Mary, Queen of Scots' Outer Chamber and became known first as 'Charles I's Bed' and latterly, when the bed was transferred to Darnley's apartments, as 'Lord Darnley's Bed'.

  • Creator(s)

    John Ridge (upholsterer)

    English (nationality)

  • 179.0 x 212.0 cm (whole object)

  • Supplied to the Duchess of Hamilton, for the Hamilton Apartments at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 1682 by John Ridge, upholsterer, London, for ¬£218.10.0s.

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