• Old Masters and 19th Century A auction at Christies

    Sale 7842

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    30 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 58

    English School, mid-18th Century

    View of Audley End, Essex, from the West, with a sailing boat on the River Cam and a horse-drawn cart in the foreground

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    English School, mid-18th Century
    View of Audley End, Essex, from the West, with a sailing boat on the River Cam and a horse-drawn cart in the foreground
    oil on canvas
    24¾ x 42½ in. (62.9 x 108 cm.)


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    Audley End, now overseen by English Heritage, was built on the site of a Benedictine monastery, which was granted to Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor, by Henry VIII in 1538. The original house was demolished by his grandson, Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk and Lord Treasurer, to make way for a grander residence to entertain King James I. It was bought by King Charles II in 1668, due to its vacinity to Newmarket, but returned to the Suffolks in 1701.
    This painting shows the house in its current, reduced form, with the addition of Adam's new service wing to the left (screened by planting), which was commissioned by Sir John Griffin, later 4th Baron Howard de Walden and 1st Baron Braybrooke. Sir John also commissioned Capability Brown to landscape the parkland.

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    Provenance

    Geoffrey Bennison, circa 1965-70, from whom acquired by
    Elizabeth Hauley, The Ring, Audley End, from whom acquired by the present owner.


    Literature

    The Gardens of Audley End, English Heritage, 1995, p. 5, illus.
    Audley End, English Heritage, 1997, p. 44, illus.