Paintings of our places

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, Lead Editor of Curatorial Content Online, presents a selection of these, ranging from aerial views of the country house to romanticised depictions of nature and architecture.

A Bird’s-eye View of Charlecote Park, Warwickshire from the West British (English) school, c. 1696 -1700

A Bird's-eye View of Charlecote Park 

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.

A Bird's-eye View of Dunham Massey from the South-east by John Harris II, 1750

A Bird's-eye View of Dunham Massey by John Harris II 

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.

Chirk Castle from the North, painting by Pieter Tillemans

Chirk Castle from the North by Pieter Tillemans 

This painting by the Flemish artist Pieter Tillemans shows the iconic front view of Chirk Castle as seen from the Berwyn Hills.

Petworth House from the Lake: Dewy Morning, painting by JMW Turner, c. 1810

Petworth House from the Lake by JMW Turner 

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.

Lacock Abbey from the West, stormy wartime painting by John Piper

Lacock Abbey by John Piper 

John Piper, official war artist during World War II, painted this impressionistic view of Lacock Abbey in March 1942.