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pole to be by Van Somer, though equal to Vandyck, and one of the finest single figures ever painted on canvas.—Two fine whole lengths, said to be two Earls of Pembroke; pointed beards, whiskers, Vandycked sleeves, and slashed hose.—An Earl of Devonshire in his robes, costume of the seventeenth century.—Duke of Ormond.

Amongst the furniture in the Second Drawing-Room are the two coronation chairs of the present King and Queen; perquisites to the late Duke of Devonshire, who was then lord-chamberlain.

In the Leicester-Room is an invaluable work of Holbein, Henry VII. and Henry VIII. in one picture. It is in black chalks, heightened, and large as life.—Our Saviour and Mary Magdalen in the Garden, by Titian. No grace in the figures, but a sweet expression in the face of Mary.

The Scarlet-Room holds the bed in which George the Second died; another perquisite of the office of the late Duke.

Adjoining to this is an apartment called Mary's Room, from the bed in it (crimson velvet and gold) and chairs having been those which Mary Queen of Scots, (the beautiful, indiscreet, and unfortunate) used during her long confinement of nineteen years in the old house at Chatsworth. From hence she wrote a letter to Pope Pius, dated Oct. 31, 1570.