Samuel Phelps's Reading Chair
Wood, leather upholstery, with brass fittings
"THIS ARMCHAIR WITH FITTINGS WAS ONCE / THE PROPERTY OF / SAMUEL PHELPS / AND WAS BEQUEATHED TO THE GARRICK CLUB / BY WILLIAM E GOODAIR ESQ" (engr. on brass plaque)
Bequeathed to the Garrick Club by William Goodair Esq
Samuel Phelps' library chair has an adjustable book rest. The chair back is hinged to the seat allowing it to recline. A letter from the donor now held in the club archive, recalls how Phelps was accustomed to rehearse his parts in the chair by day, and relax in the reclined chair after a performance.