View on Virginia Water by Patrick Nasmyth

This painting shows five boats on the lake.

Details

Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
15 x 20 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,875 ( Total: £2,500)
Acquired in:
1991
Vendor:
Martyn Gregory Gallery

These lake pleasure boats would have been used principally by royal parties for recreation. It is known that George IV used one of the boats to carry the brass band that he retained to play on the water. The twin peaks which appear among the trees to the right, belong to the magnificent tent of Tipu Sultan. This tent was pitched on occasion at Egham Races to accommodate royal parties.

Provenance

Martyn Gregory.