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Almost certainly commissioned for the library at Newton Hall, Northumberland when built for Samuel Cook (b. 1722) in 1772.
Please note that the height of the bookcase should read 134½ in. (342 cm.) and not as printed in the catalogue.
Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Newton Hall, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, The Property of Brigadier General B. F. Widdrington, C.M.G., D.S.O., 1925, p. 27 and stating that this bookcase probably constructed in the house, circa 1780.
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