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AFTER THOMAS MALTON (London 1748-1804)
AFTER THOMAS MALTON (London 1748-1804)

Purbrook House, Portsdown Hill, Hampshire

AFTER THOMAS MALTON (London 1748-1804) Purbrook House, Portsdown Hill, Hampshire with inscription 'Hall of Purbrooke' (on the mount) hand-coloured aquatint, with an original wash-line mount, on paper 17 x 23 in. (44.4 x 58.4 cm.) in the original Thomas Hope frame
Anonymous sale; Christie's London, 2 July 1880, lot 124 (7 gns), sold under the catalogue heading, 'The original Drawings engraved in 'A Picturesque Tour through London and Westminster''.
Anonymous sale; Christie's London, 30 July 1924, lot 69 (5 gns).
London, Royal Academy, The First One Hundred Years of the Royal Academy, 1951-2, no. 659.
Nottingham, Nottingham University Art Gallery, Architectural Drawings from the collection of Sir Albert Richardson, 1968, no. 24.
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Please note that the contemporary frame of this picture should be described as in the manner of Thomas Hope.

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Purbrook House was originally built by Sir Robert Taylor (1714-1788), for Peter Taylor in 1770. It did not survive long; it was demolished in 1829 and the estate broken up. The site remained abandoned for a decade before it was purchased by John Deverell who built a new house. In 1924, it was converted into a school, which it remains today.
Thomas Malton was an architectural draughtsman and writer on perspective. He produced a series of aquatint views of buildings by Sir Robert Taylor. In 1791, Malton exhibited The hall at Purbrook in Hampshire, (no. 601) and it seems likely that the present aquatint was based on this work.
Thomas Hope (1769-1831) was a designer and collector and the interiors of his two houses, Portland Place, London and Deepdene, Surrey were regarded as seminal in the development of collecting and interior design. In 1807, he published, the acclaimed Household Furniture and Interior Decoration. This frame with its ebony black and gold motifs is characteristic of Hope's distinctive style.

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