A Perspective View of the Courtyard of a House

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This large painting is thought to be the 'Great Perspective' purchased by William Blathwayt I (1649?–1717) from his uncle, Thomas Povey (1613/1614–c.1705), in the 1690s. Povey had an important collection of pictures that was admired by the diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. Blathwayt bought many paintings from Povey in the 1690s, when he was seeking to form a collection at Dyrham Park, the property he had acquired through his marriage to Mary Wynter in 1686 and was in the process of transforming. In December 1700, Blathwayt’s nephew and clerk, John Povey, recorded how difficult it had been to find an appropriate place to hang the 'Great Perspective', and reported that 'there is a Necessity of placing it in one side of the Best Stair Case where after all by the Elevation and the proper placing of it it promises a Wonderfull Effect.

National Trust, Dyrham Park

near Bath


A Perspective View of the Courtyard of a House


1664 (?)


oil on canvas


H 263 x W 277 cm

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purchased by the Ministry of Works through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust for Dyrham Park, 1956

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Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire SN14 8ER England

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