Designed in the 'Old English' style, these library chairs derive from a George II chair at Boyton House, Wiltshire (see P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1927, vol.I, p.237, fig.91). This pattern chair was revived in the early part of the nineteenth century and executed in a variety of woods - including mahogany, walnut, yew and elm. Yew-tree versions, such as this example, were manufactured by Messrs. Gillow of Lancaster and London and are listed in the Estimate Sketch Book of 1827 (see Gillow Archives, Westminster Library, E.S. 3603). The Gillows pattern was executed by Robert Lawson for for sale by Ferguson & Co., London.