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John Gay’s Chair

Old replica of John Gay’s reading chair, original resides in the V&A collection, London. John Gay is Barnstaple’s most famous literary figure and poet, now remembered for a single piece, The Beggar’s Opera, written in 1728.

Object details

Museum number: NDDMS 1991.814

Simple name: Reading Chair

Collections: Social History

Dimensions: Height: 82 cm, Width: 79.5 cm, Depth: 73 cm, Width: 120 cm with both arm drawers open

Location: On Display