Robert Daws (or Dawes), cabinet-maker and upholder of 17 Margaret Street, Cavendish Square, patented his 'Improved Recumbent Chair' in 1827, and the design was illustrated in J.C.Loudon's Encyclopaedia of Cottage Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture, 1833, fig. 1913. A closely related chair is illustrated in C.Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, pl. 281, fig 176.
Ashcombe House, near Salisbury, stands on the site of several earlier houses dating back to 1686; the house was sold by the 13th Duke of Hamilton to Mr R.W. Borley after World War I and subsequently passed to his son Hugh Borley. Cecil Beaton first visited Ashcombe in 1930, and rented the property the same year until 1945. He subsequently wrote Ashcombe: The Story of a Fifteen-Year Lease, published in 1949, and was reputedly heartbroken to have to leave when the lease expired.