Chiswick House from the Cascade Terrace by George Lambert

This view from the Cascade Terrace records the appearance of Chiswick House and gardens in the 1740s, by which time Lord Burlington had largely completed the design of the gardens he had begun, in conjunction with William Kent, in the 1720s.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
81 x 104 cm
Art Fund grant:
£28,000 ( Total: £220,000)
Acquired in:
1991
Vendor:
Sotheby's

The painting is of importance as an early example of the fusion of prospect painting with the picturesque, combining topographical detail with a keen observation of light and atmosphere. The artist was a close friend and collaborator of William Hogarth by whose pencil his landscapes were often enriched, either with groups of figures from history or with rustic characters. The attribution of the figures in this landscape to Hogarth is consistent therefore with Lambert's practice and with Hogarth's style.

Provenance

Possibly commissioned by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; Trelevan family, New York.

Venue details

Chiswick House Burlington Lane, Chiswick, LONDON London W4 2RP 020 3141 3350 chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.10)

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