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Commissioned by Sir Hugh Smithson, 1st Duke of Northumberland and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the 7th Duke of Somerset, for Syon House, Middlesex; and by descent with the Dukes of Northumberland until sold,
Syon Park, Sotheby's house sale, 14-16 May 1997, lot 18.
The following three lots of festive summer hangings, conceived as French tapestries wreathed in golden trompe l'oeil shell-and-flower frames, were part of a commission in 1750 from the French artist Andien de Clermont (d. 1783), by Sir Hugh Percy (born Smithson), 2nd Earl of Northumberland (later 1st Duke of Northumberland) (d.1786) and his Countess Elizabeth Percy for a parlour or pavilion at their Thames-side villa Syon House, Middlesex.
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN