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A Perspective View of the Courtyard of a House

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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This large painting is thought to be the 'Great Perspective' purchased by William Blathwayt I (1649?–1717) from his uncle, Thomas Povey (1613/1614–c.1705), in the 1690s. Povey had an important collection of pictures that was admired by the diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. Blathwayt bought many paintings from Povey in the 1690s, when he was seeking to form a collection at Dyrham Park, the property he had acquired through his marriage to Mary Wynter in 1686 and was in the process of transforming.

National Trust, Dyrham Park

near Bath

  • Date

    1664 (?)

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    263 x 277 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased by the Ministry of Works through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust for Dyrham Park, 1956


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Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire SN14 8ER England

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