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PROPERTY FROM KNEBWORTH HOUSE (LOTS 1102-1104)
The following lots come from the great Hertfordshire house, Knebworth, home of the Lytton family since 1490. The pinnacled Gothic fantasy with its roofline of turrets, crenellation, gargoyles and cupolas actually conceals a much earlier building built by Sir Robert Lytton soon after he purchased the manor in 1490. Sir Robert built a quadrangular brick house around a courtyard and the house remained virtually unchanged until 1811 when Elizabeth Warbuton-Lytton (1773-1843) pulled down three sides of the Tudor house and encased the remaining wing in stucco with Gothic detailing. It was her son, the novelist Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873) who further remodelled the house after he inherited it in 1843 and employed John Crace to decorate the interior. Much of Crace's decoration was swept away in Edwardian times by Sir Edwin Lutyens who had married into the family, but his magnificent State Drawing Room survives.