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West Dean was entirely re-equipped and redecorated by the renowned firm of Ernest George and Harold Ainsworth Peto, when the estate was acquired by William Dodge James in 1891. The mix of English, French and other continental pieces illustrates the taste for the eclectic and the foreign which the James's, keen travellers - and particularly Edward - were renowned for. The James's entertained on a sumptuous scale. Edward's acquaintances included Salvador Dalì, Aldous Huxley, Lady Cunard, Nancy and Ronald Tree, and Lady Colefax.