State couch at Hardwick Hall
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Hardwick Hall was built for Bess of Hardwick, one of the most influential members of Queen Elizabeth's court, and the most powerful woman after the Queen died. The Hall is a stunning example of Elizabethan architecture and the interiors reflected the wealth of its owner in its abundance of sumptuous furnishings and decorations.