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Title A View of Mount Edgcumbe with Plymouth in the Foreground
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Edema, Gerard Van (Dutch painter, ca.1652-ca.1700)
Date Earliest about 1670
Date Latest possibly about 1680
Description Sir Richard Edgcumbe appears to have been one of Gerard Van Edema's main patrons. He painted the Mount Edgcumbe Estate from various viewpoints. In this view of Plymouth the topography has been manipulated in order to include the large white structure of Mount Edgcumbe House in the right background. Looking out towards the Sound, the artist has included landmarks such as Drake's Island, Devil's Point and St Andrew's Church. The central focus, however, is the Royal Citadel. Built in 1665 as a show of strength against the Dutch navy, it would have been relatively new when Edema painted it.
Current Accession Number Plymm.051
Subject landscape; place (Plymouth)
Measurements 56 x 93 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.
Provenance Probably commissioned by Sir Richard Edgcumbe.

The red brick extension to Mount Edgcumbe house which appears in two other paintings by Edema dated 1685 is not present in this work (see Plymm.036 and 037). It is therefore likely that this is an earlier work painted before the extension was built.

The same view was painted by Hendrick Danckerts, possibly slightly earlier (A View of Plymouth, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymg: 1954.25)).

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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