We look after many thousands of landscape paintings shown across over 200 historic houses. Some of these paintings are works of the imagination, or ‘ideal’ landscapes; others are descriptive or ‘actual’ landscapes. Within this latter category, we have nearly 400 landscapes that depict specific places in our care. Gabriella de la Rosa, Editor of Art and Collections Online, presents a selection of these, ranging from aerial views of the country house to romanticised depictions of nature and architecture.
This bird’s-eye view of the Lucy family home shows the vast countryside surrounding Charlecote Park and is an interesting example of estate portraiture.
The home of the Earls of Stamford is one of the best-recorded estates in painting. This particular view of Dunham Massey from the South-east is one of four by John Harris II.
This painting by the Flemish artist Pieter Tillemans shows the iconic front view of Chirk Castle as seen from the Berwyn Hills.
In the decades after Turner painted this view of Petworth he would be received at the house as a guest of the Earl of Egremont and be given his own studio.
John Piper, official war artist during World War II, painted this impressionistic view of Lacock Abbey in March 1942.