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Trompe l'oeil (Gardening)

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This is one of a set of seven trompe l'oeil (deceive the eye) paintings that were painted for the architect Denis Martineau (1907–1975), the previous owner and donor of Mompesson House. The other themes are Music, Architecture, Art and War and these are displayed flanked by two paintings of urns in niches. The subjects, which may have reflected the commissioner's interests, loosely refer to some of the liberal and mechanic arts.

National Trust, Mompesson House





oil on canvas laid on panel


H 179.5 x W 73 cm

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commissioned by Denis Martineau, 1950–1960

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National Trust, Mompesson House

The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EL England

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