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George Oakes joined Colefax & Fowler in 1959. As head of their studio he worked on many important commissions such as Haseley Court, Oxfordshire, Grimsthorpe, Lincolnshire, Winfield House and for the National Trust. He designed and hand-painted wallpapers and fabrics as well as working on a wide variety of subjects for his paintings. George Oakes retired from Colefax & Fowler in 1993.