The first earl died in 1783 and was succeeded by his son, a member of the Whig inner circle around Charles James Fox and the Prince of Wales. The 2nd Earl's sister was Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. The Great Room, below, with a ceiling of green and gold was intended for receptions and balls.
The fantastical architecture of The Palm Room, below, with carved and gilded palm trees is based on John Webb’s design for the King’s Bedchamber at Greenwich Palace. The palm trees were a symbol of marital fertility. The frieze of griffins and candelabra is derived from a Roman Temple.