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Probably acquired by Julius Drewe as part of the contents of Wadhurst, Sussex, in 1898; and thence by descent.
THE PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF THE DREWE FAMILY
The following tapestries (lots 532 - 533) were acquired by Julius Drewe (1856-1931), builder of Castle Drogo, Exeter, and founder of Home and Colonial Stores. Drewe had made a fortune first by importing tea and then by founding the Home and Colonial Stores. By 1889, at the age of only 33, Drewe was able to retire and fulfill his dream of moving to the country. He first accquired Culverden near Tunbridge Wells and in 1898 Wadhurst in Sussex, which he bought lock, stock and barrel from the merchant brothers Adrian and Cristobal de Murrieta. It is most likely that the tapestries, like most of the Spanish furniture still at Castle Drogo today, were part of the contents of Wadhurst.