Rysbrack painting purchased for Chiswick House

An important painting by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack (1685-1748) of the Old and New House as seen from the south west gardens at Chiswick, has been recently purchased and will go on display at Chiswick House later this year.

An important painting by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack (1685-1748) of the Old and New House as seen from the south west gardens at Chiswick, has been recently purchased and will go on display at Chiswick House later this year.

One of a set of views of Chiswick
The painting forms one of a set of views of Chiswick House and Gardens commissioned by Robert Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, between 1729 and 1732. It is one of the most exciting within the group, as it represents the relationship between Burlington’s New House, (our Chiswick Villa), and the outline of the old Jacobean home, which no longer exists.

From the family collection
It is a wonderful record of the historic landscape, the footprint of what we know and recognize today. Originally part of a set owned by Burlington’s sister, Lady Bedingfeld, they were separated from the family collection and sold in 1952.

Will now join five others
The painting will now join five others by Rysbrack that English Heritage has been gradually collecting since 1985. As a group they give a wonderful sense of the pride and energy with which Burlington was driving his estate and the new display in the Green Velvet Room will allow this painting to be seen together with its related views, capturing the last of the formal landscape, before it was swept away in favour of a more natural style.
 
The paiting has been purchased with the assistance of funds from English Heritage, The National Heritage Memorial Fund, The London Historic House Museum Trust, The Art Fund, The Chiswick Friends and private individual donations.

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