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This perspective view through a succession of rooms is a striking example of the work of this Dutch artist, known for his trompe-l’oeil paintings which 'fool the eye'. The artist draws the viewer through an archway, above which hangs a birdcage, into a staircase hall in which a dog and a cat loiter, and on into two further rooms beyond, where men and women are seated at a table. This painting was purchased for Dyrham Park by William Blathwayt I (1649?–1717) from his uncle, Thomas Povey (1613/1614–c.
oil on canvas
H 264 x W 136.5 cm
purchased by Colnaghi for the National Trust from the sale of paintings from Dyrham Park at Sotheby's, 1956