A View through a House

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This perspective view through a succession of rooms is a striking example of the work of this Dutch artist, known for his trompe-l’oeil paintings which 'fool the eye'. The artist draws the viewer through an archway, above which hangs a birdcage, into a staircase hall in which a dog and a cat loiter, and on into two further rooms beyond, where men and women are seated at a table. This painting was purchased for Dyrham Park by William Blathwayt I (1649?–1717) from his uncle, Thomas Povey (1613/1614–c.1705). The diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn noted how Povey had displayed this painting when they visited his house in the 1660s. Pepys wrote: 'I do the most admire his piece of perspective especially, he opening me the closet door and there I saw that there is nothing but only a plain picture hung upon the wall.

National Trust, Dyrham Park

near Bath


A View through a House




oil on canvas


H 264 x W 136.5 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased by Colnaghi for the National Trust from the sale of paintings from Dyrham Park at Sotheby's, 1956

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National Trust, Dyrham Park

Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire SN14 8ER England

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