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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    Attributed to Francis Barlow (Lincolnshire c. 1626-1704 London)

    A spaniel putting up a bittern, snipe, duck and other birds, in a mountainous landscape; and A vulture, a hornbill and other birds in a mountainous landscape, with a castle

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Francis Barlow (Lincolnshire c. 1626-1704 London)
    A spaniel putting up a bittern, snipe, duck and other birds, in a mountainous landscape; and A vulture, a hornbill and other birds in a mountainous landscape, with a castle
    oil on canvas
    46 x 42¼ in. (116.9 x 107.4 cm.); the second 45 x 42¼ in. (114.4 x 107.4 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    Francis Barlow was the pre-eminent animal painter of his day in Britain and the first English artist whose paintings of birds could compare with those of the great continental animal artists. He is thought to have come from Lincolnshire but on the frontispiece to his Multae et Diversae avium species of 1671 he is noted as 'Indigenam Londinensem'. He lived and worked in London where it seems likely that he was initially apprenticed to the portrait painter William Sheppard (active 1641-60) and in 1650 he was elected a member of the Painter-Stainers' Company, by which time he had already become an accomplished draughtsman. Two years later he had a studio in Drury Lane and he had evidently already established a reputation as an outstanding animal painter when he was visited by the diarist John Evelyn in 1656, who described him as 'the famous Paynter of fowle Beastes & Birds'. His drawings were frequently taken from life and show acute skills of observation and a knowledge of anatomy.

    We are extremely grateful to Dr. Bruce Bailey, Archivist at Drayton, for his assistance in researching the provenance of this lot.

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    Provenance

    Henry, 2nd Earl of Peterborough (d.1697), Drayton House, Northamptonshire, and thence by family descent through Lady Mary Mordaunt, Duchess of Norfolk, who in 1700 married Sir John Germaine.
    Thence by descent at Drayton to Lord George Germain (Sackville) and the Stopford-Sackville family.
    Acquired from Duncan H. McLaren Ltd, March 1991.


    Literature

    Drayton inventory 1770, where recorded in the First Room from the stairs to the Upper Lodgings, as '2 Pictures of Birds over the Doors'.