8 June 2006
THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE JOHN AND SYLVIA TAPP
English School, late 1780s
Group portrait of a gentleman with two ladies and two children, small full-length, in the grounds of a late 18th century house
oil on board
51 x 77 in. (129.5 x 195.2 cm.)
Lt.-Col. H.W. Lloyd, Fosseway House, Gloucestershire.
with Oscar and Peter Johnson Ltd., Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London, 1970 (from whom purchased by the present owner).
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Country Life, 9 July 1970, p.115.
J. Harris, The Artist and the Country House: A History of Country House and Garden View Painting in Britain 1540-1870, London, 1979, p.221, no.238.
Both the house and the sitter group shown in this painting have eluded identification. The aloe plant, pine and peacock in the right foreground lend the painting an exotic air and may suggest that the family had overseas interests.
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