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 3353 chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk/

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.10)

House
Sun – Wed and bank holidays
From April-October: 10am – 6pm
From Oct to Nov: 10am – 5pm

Gardens
Every day (all year) 7am – Dusk
Conservatory
Every day (all year) 10am – 4pm
Café
Every day (except Christmas Day) 8.30am – until approx. one hour prior to Gardens gate closing time.

Access restrictions and requirements

There is a narrow spiral staircase to reach the first floor of the House. The house staff can provide alternative access via the external portico steps. There is no disabled access to the first floor of Chiswick House. The Conservatory is fully accessible to wheelchairs and also contains some seating in the central rotunda. The café’s floor is flat and step-free. The doors are automatic. Public toilet facilities including a fully accessible bathroom are situated beside the Café.

Please visit the website for further details on the access requirements.