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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 174

    Diana Sperling (1791-1862)

    Two views taken from the drawing room at Norbury Park, Surrey

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Diana Sperling (1791-1862)
    Two views taken from the drawing room at Norbury Park, Surrey
    pencil and watercolour
    8¼ x 6½ in. (21 x 16.5 cm.); and 7¾ x 6½ in. (19.7 x 16.5 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    Norbury Park is situated on a high hill with magnificent views over the Surrey countryside. It was begun by Thomas Sandby in 1774 and belonged to the Lock family. The famous 'painted room' was begun in 1783, the landscape being painted by George Barret, Sen., the figures by Cipriani and the ceiling by Pastorini. Norbury was for many years the centre of an intellectual coterie which included such figures as Samuel Johnson, the Burney family, distinguished French émigrés, including Madame de Staël, and artists such as Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A. (1769-1830), J.M.W. Turner, R.A. (1775-1851), who painted the park and Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 14 November 1995, lot 95.
    With The Fine Art Society, London, 1995.