The family archives reveal that the Middleton’s were rapacious collectors. Repeated continental tours saw them return with works of art including Soldier Gambling by Caravaggio bought from the Giustinini Palace in Rome and The Virgin and Child attributed to Bernado Luini from the Acquila Palace in Como. In England the family were buying furniture and decorative arts form the great London makers and dealers with invoices from Baldock, Miles and Edwards, Thomas Fairs and G J Morant. It is known that Fairs was responsible for supplying a pair of console tables and this mirror for the drawing room, however, it is likely that he was merely the retailer and it was G J Morant who was responsible for executing the work. The firm is known to have worked closely with the architect James Barry, who carried out the 19th century alterations at Shrublands. The mirror also bears stylistic similarities with some of the firm’s known work dating from the middle of the 19th century. In 1984 a table with very similar cherub supports, similarly white painted and parcel-gilt was sold through the dealer Tony Bunzl, which was stamped G.I.Morant, 91 Bond Street. Some of the furniture supplied for both Arundel Castle and Lancaster House also bears similarities.
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