Pear Tree Gallery

The Somerset House Conference
by unknown artist
 
1604
 
An early 17th Century photo opportunity, in which the sombre participants are overshadowed by their bright surroundings. The large window is fully glazed with tiny panes, and the walls are hung with fine tapestries. A rich heavy carpet covers the long table, and the men sit on high-backed x-framed chairs, upholstered with fringed velvet and leather.