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Harcourt, eldest son of Sir Walter; he was the princi* pal Adventurer with Sir Walter Raleigh in his voyage to Guiana, and at his own expence built and fitted out three Ships for that Expedition. Over one of the Doors, Sir Philip Harcourt, eldest son of Sir Simon, by Gogain, from a Miniature by Mrs. Beale. Over the other door, Anne his wife, daughter of Sir William Waller, by Lady Anne Finch.—Also a Copy from Mrs. Beale, by the same hand.
THE DRESSING-ROOM. Over the Chimney, a Turkish Army on its March, by Wyck; View of the Cascade of Terni, by Orizonti; a Stag attacked by Dogs, by Oudry. Over one Door, Margaret, daughter of Sir John Byron, and widow of Sir William Atherton, wife to Sir Robert Harcourt, Knight of the Garter, as represented on her Tomb at Stanton-Harcourt, with the Garter and its Motto, above the Elbow of her left Arm. There are but two other similar instances known of Ladies wearing the Insignia of that Order, viz. that of Constance, daughter of John Holland, Earl of Huntingdon and Duke of Exeter, first married to Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, and secondly to Sir John Gray, Knight of the Garter, (temp. Hen. V.) and Earl of Tankerville, on her Tomb, (now defaced,) in the Church of St. Katharine, near the Tower;—and that of Alice, daughter of Sir Thomas Chaucer, and wife to William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, (temp. Hen. VI.) on her Tomb in the Church of Ewelm. Sir Francis Walsingham. Giles Bruges, third Lord Chandos, a present from the Hon. Horace Walpole: it came from Weston, (Mr. Sheldon's); the Dress is remarkable. Over the other Door, Sir Robert Harcourt, son of Thomas and Joan, daughter of Sir Robert Franciss. Nicholas Fuller, a noted Counsellor and Champion of the Puritans; he died in prison, 1619. Two small Sea Pieces; a View of the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli; ditto of the Amphitheatre at Rome, by Gaspar Occhiali; a Cupid in crayons, by Miss Read; a present from her. An old Man's Head, ditto, by Lutterel; a Sea-Port, by Tempesta of Genoa; Ruins, with a View of Rome, by ditto; King James I. by Marc Garrard; a Woman on Horseback, with several Figures and Animals, by Watteau; a Battle, by Wyck; Michael, son of Sir Walter Harcourt; he commanded one of his brother Robert's Ships in Sir Walter Raleigh's Expedition. A Nymph and Satyr, after Jordaens; Mr. Addison in crayons;John Sotherton, Baron of the Exchequer; JolifFe, Esq» by Peter Lely; Architecture, with Figures, by Viviani; Dogs attacking a Boar, by Oudry.
SECOND DRESSING-ROOM. Over the Chimney, Mary, daughter of Sir William Waller. William de Harcourt, Knight, son of Robert and Isabel, who brought the Manor of Stanton into the Harcourt Family. Simon Harcourt, (afterwards Viscount and Earl,) only son of the Hon. Simon Harcourt, by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Maud, daughter of John Lord Grey, of Rotherfield, and widow of John Lord Botetort, wife to Thomas de Harcourt, Knight, son of Sir William and Johanna, daughter of Richard Lord Grey, of Codnon. Obt. 17th of Richard II. From her Tomb at Stanton-Harcourt. Rebecca, daughter of JolifFe, Esq. wife to Sir Samuel Moyer. A Sea-port, with Figures—Italian. Robert Harcourt, Knight, son of Sir John and Anne, daughter of Sir John Norris: he was Standard-bearer to King Henry VII. at the Battle of Bosworth, Knight of the Bath 1495, and Banneret 1497. From his Tomb at Stanton- Harcourt. Sir Samuel Moyer, Bart, by Riley; good. A Landscape, by Ermels; a present from Sir John Blaquiere. Dogs, dead Game, &c. by Snyder j a Landscape—Italian; two Landscapes, by Wotton; that on the left very good. Christ and St. John, after Reubens, by one of his Scholars. Three small Drawings in oil, School of Reubens. A view in Ireland, by Deane; Penelope, after Angelica; a favourite Dog, by Falconet; Mary, daughter of Richard Spencer, of Derbyshire, Esq. wife to William Jennings, Esq. of Long Wittenham, Berks. A Head, by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Over the Door, Frederick, second son of Sir Simon Harcourt.
THE FLOWER-GARDEN. This small spot contains only about an acre and a quarter; but from the irregularity of its form, the inequality of the ground, and the disposition of the trees, it appears of considerable extent: the boundary is concealed by a deep plantation of Shrubs, which unites with the surrounding Forest Trees that stand in the Park. The Garden is laid out in patches of Flowers and clumps of Shrubs, of unequal dimensions, and various shapes; and a Gravel-walk leads round it to the different Buildings and Busts, on which are the following Inscriptions.
At the entrance, under the Pediment of a Doric Gate, is inscribed the following Sentence from J. J. Rousseau, (in allusion to the Flowers:)
"Si l'Auteur de la Nature est grand dans les grandes "choses, il est tres-grand dans les petites." Fronting the Gate is a Bust of FLORA on a Therm;Here springs the Violet all newe, And fresh Perwinke riche of hewe; And Flouris yalowe, white, and rede, Such plenti grew ther ner in mede: Full gai is all the Grounde, and queint And poudrid, as Men had it peint, With many a fresh and sondry Floure That castin up ful gode savoure. Chaucer. Turning to the right a Bust of COWLEY, with the following Inscription:
When Epicurus to the world had taught, That Pleasure was the chiefest good, His life he to his doctrine brought, And in a Garden's shade that sovereign good he sought.
In a more wild and retired part of the Walk, (with a high Shrubbery on either side of it,) which leads through detached trees to the Grotto, are Busts of Cato of Utica, and of Jean Jacques Rousseau, with the following Inscription:
A ce nom saint et auguste, tout ami de la vertu Doit mettre le front dans la poussiere, et honorer En silence la memoire du plus grand des hommes.
J. J. Rousseau. ROUSSEAU. Say, is thy honest Heart to Virtue warm! Can Genius animate thy feeling Breast! Approach, behold this venerable Form,
"Pis Rousseau; let thy Bosom speak the rest.
Bk. Boothby, Esa. THE GROTTO is composed of rough Stones, intermixed with Spars and Petrifactions, to imitate a natural Cavern, and the Front partially concealed by Ivy and a variety of Rock-Plants: in one corner of the Grotto, on a Piece of white Marble of an irregular form, are inscribed these Verses, from the Comus of Milton:
Musing Meditation most affects
And Wisdom's self Oft seeks to sweet retired Solitude, Where with her best nurse, Contemplation, She plumes her Feathers, and lets grow her wings, That in the various Bustle of Resort Were all too ruffled, and sometimes impair'd. Proceeding through a continuation of the same Shrubbery, (which appears to grow on rocky ground,) after laving passed the Bust of Locke, you look over the widest part of the Garden, and see the Dome of the Church above the Trees in the opposite Boundary.
LOCKE. Who made the whole internal World his own, And shew'd confess'd to Reason's purged Eye, That Nature's first best Gift was Liberty. (The first line is from Thomson; part of the second, and the whole of the third, from Mason.)
THE TEMPLE OF FLORA. The design taken from a Doric Portico at Athens: in