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whose Son, Calvert Wright, sold it to John Robinson, of London, Merchant (temp. Ol. Cromwell) Knighted in 1660, by King Charles II. and made Lieutenant of the Tower.
From the Robinsons it descended to David Earl of Wemys (who married Mary, Daughter and coheir of Sir John Robinfon, Baronet,) from whom it was purchased in the Year 1710, by Simon, first Lord Harcourt, Lord High Chancellor of England.
The House was built by the late Earl, but has since been much altered and enlarged (by the addition of a Court of Offices, &c.) according to the Plans of Mr. Brown: it stands in a Park of fix Miles and an half in circumference, well wooded, and containing near twelve hundred Acres, in which are Scenes * worthy of the bold pencil of Rubens, or to be subjects for the tranquil sunshines of Caude le Lorrain.” The Gardens contain thirty-eight Acres, and (except the Terrace and Flower Garden) were laid out by Mr. Brown.
From the Center Window of the Breakfast Room, round the South Side of the Garden, and back again, is half a Mile and fixteen Poles.
From the fame Place along the Terrace, round the Hill, at the termination of it, and back again, is a Mile and a Furlong.
In entering the House you pass through a Vestibule, which is ornamented with Doric Columns, and Casts of Antique Statues; and afcend by an oval Geoinetrical Stair-Cafe, to
THE SALON, 30 Feet by 16, and 18 and an half high, hung with
blue Danialk, and the following Pictures : OVER one of the Chimnies, Susannah and the Elders, by Annibale Caracci. Over the other. Two Beggar Boys, by Murillio: It came from Penfhurft.
* See Mr. Walpole’s Anecdotes of Painters, octavo Edition, Vo. tu me the second, Page 145
The following eight Heads hang on either Side of them.
Lady Ann Finch, second Daughter of Sir Thomas Finch, Bart. and first Earl of Winchelsea, Wife to Sir William Waller, General of the Parliament Army in the Civil War, by Vandyck. A Portrait of one of the Harcourt Family, by Mirevelt; fine. George Simon Viscount Nuneham (now Earl Harcourt) at the age of seventeen, by Sir Jofua Reynolds, capital.
Another Portrait of one of the Harcourt Family, which, as well as the former, was a Present from Harcourt Powell, Esq. Simon Harcourt (afterwards Vifcount and Earl) only Son of the Hon. Simon Harcourt; the Head by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Mrs. Siddons, the celebrated Actress, in the Character of Ifabella in the Fatal Marriage, by Hamilton. Elizabeth, Daughter of King James the First, Electress Palatine, and Queen of Bohemia, by Honthorst; a present from her to Sir Simon Harcourt. Over the center Door, a Nymph with Cupids, representing Evening, by Valerio Castelli . Over the other
two Doors, Aubrey Vere, twentieth and last Earl of Oxford of that House, by Walker. Baron Rhynwick, by Mirevelt; a very good Portrait: the Hands remarkably fine. At one End of the Room, Henrietta Maria, Queen to King Charles the First, by Vandyck. Under it, the Nativity, by Pietro da Pietri. At the other End of the Room, Lady Mary Tufton, fifth Daughter of John, second Earl of Thanet, first Wife to Sir William Walter, Bart. of Sarsden in Oxfordshire, by Sir Peter Lely. Under it, Dead Game, by Fytt, from the Collection of Mr. Bagnols.
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24 Feet by 15, and 18 and a half high. OVER the Chimney, Sarah, Daughter of Richard Jennings, Esq. of Sandridge in Hertfordshire, Wife to John Churchill first Duke of Marlborough, by Sir
Godfrey Kneller ; a Present from her to the first Lord Harcourt. Over one Arch, a view of Part of the Quay and Bay of Naples, by Gaspar Occhiali. Over the other Arch, a View of Part of Rome and the Tiber, by the same Hand,
Under them, Two Heads, by Cornelius Jansen. At one End of the Room, King William, Hunting, with several Figures, by Wooton. Under it the two following Pictures, a Herdsman with Cattle, by Peter Vander Leuw; from the Collection of Mr. Bagnols. A Landscape, with Cattle, by Rogman. At the other End, a Ruined Bridge, with Figures, by Crabetje. Under it the two following Pictures, Christ driving the Money-Changers out of the Temple, on Marble, by Basan. "The Holy Family, by Albano. Over one Door, The Hon. Simon Harcourt, only Son of Simon first Viscount Harcourt; by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Over the other Door, Elizabeth, Daughter of John Evelyn, Esq. of Wooton in Surrey, his Wife, by Dahl.
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Feet 4 by 19, and 14 Feet 4 Inches high. Over the Chimney, Mary, eldest Daughter of William Danby, Esq. of Swinton in Yorkshire, Wife to the Hon. William Harcourt, by Opie, after Sir Joshua Reynolds. A very fine Head of Mr. Prior, by old Dahl. Mr. Pope, a fine Portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller : a Present from the former to the first Lord Harcourt. George Buffy Villiers, fourth Earl of Jersey, by Brompton, after Angelica. Mrs. Pritchard, the celebrated Actress, in the character of Hermione in the Winter's Tale, Scene the Last, by Pine. William Whitehead, Esq. late Poet Laureat, by Wilson. Georgiana, daughter of the Right Honourable Stephen Poyntz, Esq. Wife to John Earl Spencer, by Gogain, after Gainsborough. Richard Grenville, Efq. (afterwards Earl Temple) at the age of nineteen, by
Rofalba ; a Legacy from Anna Chamber, late Countess Temple. Lady Elizabeth, Daughter of Simon, Earl of Harcourt, Wife to Sir William Lee, Bart. of Hartwell in Buckinghamshire, in Crayons, by MissRead. Mary, Daughter of Brigadier General Le Pel, Wife to John Lord Harvey, Baron of Ickworth, eldest Son of John first Earl of Bristol of that Family, in Crayons painted at Paris; a present from the Hon. Horace Walpole. J. J. Rousseau, by Gogain from Ramsey, since altered from a Cast taken off his Face after his Death. The Hon. Horace Walpole, youngest Son of Sir Robert Walpole, Knight of the Garter, and Earl of Orford, by Gogain after Ramsay. Mr. Mafon, by Doughty. Elizabeth, eldest Daughter of the Hon. Simon Harcourt, by Zeeman. Henrietta Jane, Daughter of Col. Speed, Wife to the Compte de Viry, by Falconet. Anne, eldest Daughter of Simon first' Viscount Harcourt, Wife to John Barlow, Esq. of Slebeck in Pembrokeshire, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Over one Door, Witham, Esq. by Cornelius Jana fen. Over the other Door, his Wife.
THE EATING-ROOM, 33 Feet by 24, and i8 and a half high. The Chimney-Piece was designed by Stuart, over which hangs a very fine Picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds of the present Earl and Countess (Elizabeth, second Daughter of George Venables Vernon, first Lord Vernon) in the Coronation Robes, and of the Hon. Wm. Harcourt, youngest Son of the late Earl, in the Uniform of Aid-de-Camp to the King. On one side of the Chimney, á fine Landscape, with a WaterFall, by Ruysdaal; the Figures by Wouvermans.--Under it, a Landscape, by Claude le Lorrain. On the other Side, Dogs and dead Game, very fine, by Snyder.---Under it, a Lanscape, by Ruysdaal. Ovey one Door, William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, ir
the Robes of the Order of the Garter, by Opie. Over
Under them the Four following Pictures :
Under them the Three following Pictures :
A Landscape, with a Cottage, by Decker. THE OCTAGON DRAWING-ROOM, 30 Feet by 24, and 18 and a half high, hung with
blue Danialk, and the following Pictures : On one Side of the Chimney, The Holy Family, a celebrated Picture, by Baroeci, known by the Name of la Madonna della Gatta, from the Cat in one Corner. It has been etched by Himself, and was in the Collection of the Earl of Pomfret Under it, The Madonna and Child, very beautiful, by Guido ; bought out of the Hotel de Hautfort at Paris. On the other Side, The Nativity, by Bronzino. Under it, St. John Preaching in the Wilderness, by Albano; from the Collection of the Earl of Waldegrave. Mars, Venus, and Cupids, by Nicolo. Pouffing very capital ; from the