This image shows the back of a mahogany armchair in John Wesley's House. Because the intricate back of the chair looks like a ladder, this chair type is also known as a 'ladderback' chair. The ladder back is carved intricately, in the style made fashionable by Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779).
Although no documentary evidence exists, the chair dates to the 1700s and may have been part of the first furnishings of John Wesley's House. The chair is also pictured in a photograph of John Wesley's monument from the 1870s in the Online Collection. In the photograph, a gentleman holding a top hat leans on the back rest.