The Gentleman’s Retreat

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A gentleman’s retreat was a sanctuary where a cultured Georgian might indulge his interests in science, inventions and the natural world. This room is furnished to reflect many of Henry Sandford’s own occupations and pursuits.

– The treasures in the DISPLAY CABINETS typify the 18th century’s obsession with recording knowledge through collecting.

– The DESK GLOBE reflects the world’s rapidly expanding horizons in an age that witnessed the voyages of Captain Cook.

– Thomas Rowlandson’s COMFORTS OF BATH mock the foibles of daily life in fashionable Bath.