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Purchased with assistance from the National Art Collections Fund (Eugene Cremetti Fund) and donations from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and Mr. Peter de Savary and vested in the Royal Armouries for display with the Littlecote Armoury. Presumed to have been painted for Sir Alexander Popham (d. 1705), or for his son Francis, and to have remained in the house until the sale of the house and its contents in 1985. Sotheby, 20-22 November, 1985, lot 807. Bought by Colnaghi. Restored and purchased as above.

Physical Description

Littlecote House, Wiltshire, from the south. The symmetrical south front, built after 1590 by Sir John Popham is shown with a formal walled garden, with a small gatehouse in the cntre of the south wall, opposite the entrance doorway, in front. Outside the enclosure, a coach is driving past the front wall, a hun and a plough-team are moving up the hill behind the house, carpenters are putting together a roof-frame and animals are grazing. An avenue of trees leads from the main hous to a smaller house to the south-west and newly-planted avenues are shows on the hillside to the west of the house.


Dimensions: 114 cm. x 227 cm. (45 x 91 in.)

Bibliographic References

John Harris, The Artist and the Country House, London, 1979, pp. 97-98.