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Title Audley End and the Temple of Concord
Collection English Heritage (Audley End)
Artist Attributed to Flemish School
Attributed to Cort, Hendrik Frans de (Flemish painter, 1742-1810)
Date Earliest probably about 1790
Date Latest probably about 1810
Description The authorship of this painting remains uncertain, however it is notable that it is executed on a mahogany panel, a support commonly used by the Flemish artist Hendrik Frans de Cort (1742-1810) who after 1790 established a successful practice painting landscapes, country houses, castles and cathedrals for wealthy patrons. He is known to have worked for Lord Howard de Walden's cousin, the Earl of Suffolk and this painting may also be his work. The main subject of this painting is the Temple of Concord erected in the landscaped gardens of Audley End by Robert Adam between 1763-1777. The main, west fašade of the house is visible in the background beyond the Temple. This work is carefully executed in a light palette to convey the atmospheric effects of bright sunshine penetrating the shifting spring clouds. The bucolic setting of the house and temple is emphasised by the presence of sheep, including a flock of young lambs in the foreground.
Current Accession Number 81030134
Subject landscape (Audley End); animal (sheep)
Measurements 58 x 74 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {mahogany})
Acquisition Details Purchased by the Department of the Environment 1971.
Provenance Possibly commissioned by Sir John Griffin Griffin, 1st Lord Braybrooke 1795, then by descent; recorded in the Red Dressing Room in the List of Heirlooms, 1946.
Publications Walker, R. J. B., Catalogue of Pictures, 1973, p. 44.
Rights Owner Copyright English Heritage
Author Francesco Nevola



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