A View Across the New Gardens Towards the Fretwork Bridge and the Bagnio by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack

Rysbrack came to London from Antwerp in 1720 and, with Rigaud and Nebot, established the fashionable genre of topographical gardenscape painting in this country.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
61 x 107 cm
Art Fund grant:
£14,000 ( Total: £51,000)
Acquired in:
1995
Vendor:
Richard Green

This painting is both a charming example of this genre in its own right (featuring gardeners at work and guests at leisure) and an important documentary record of Burlington's new garden. Rysbrack depicts the view from the terrace towards the bagnio at the time the wilderness was being planted, as seen from slightly to the left of the site of Burlington's cascade. The purchase considerably enhances visitors' appreciation of the early appearance of the gardens, which have been the subject of a major restoration programme.

Provenance

Painted for Lady Elizabeth Boyle, who married Sir Henry Bedingfeld, 3rd Bt. and by descent in the Bedingfeld famlly at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk until 1952.

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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