• A Mythological Scene by a Classical Temple -
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    Pen and brown ink and wash over traces of pencil

    18 by 15 cm., 7 by 5 ¾ in.

     

    Provenance:

    With Basket and Day, London, 1971;

    With Colnaghi, London, 1972

  • Design for a Garden House -
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    Pen and brown and grey ink and grey washes on laid paper 

    18.2 by 17.2 cm., 7 by 6 ¾ in. 

     

    Provenance: 

    Colonel Gould Weston, his sale, Christie’s, 15th July 1958, lot 125 as part of an album; 

    Ralph Holland (1917-2012) 

     

    This drawing may be linked to the work that Thornhill did for Isaac Loader (b.1653) at Deptford. Loader was an anchor maker by profession and was appointed Sheriff of Deptford in 1701. Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725) visited Loader’s house in 1714 and records that `the gardens are surprisingly fine and large: there are Mr Thornhill’s paintings in the Bagnio, and other garden-houses’ (see R. ThoresbyThe Diary of Ralph Thoresby, F.R.S., 1830, p.237). 

  • Study of a Family Group -
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    Pen and brown ink and wash

    6.9 by 5.5 cm., 2 3/4 by 2 inches

     

    Thornhill was the most important decorative painter of the early eighteenth century. His most famous works are the interior of the dome of St. Paul?s Cathedral and the Great Hall at Greenwich. He also worked on interior decoration at Blenheim, Moor Park, Hampton Court, Easton Neston and Wimpole.

     

    The present drawing is likely to relate to one of his decorative schemes. The distinctive use of crosses in the place of faces is typical of his pen and ink preparatory drawings.

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