Sunday, 18 July 2010

Odds and Ends at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

The coronet of William, Earl of Stamford, c1902

The grand piano in the games room

Swallows in the Orangery

And flying around collecting insects for their young.

A House Martin on a painting of a ‘Pug at Dunham Massey’ by Leonard Knyff (1650 - 1721).

Some of the magnificent collection of silver.

Henry Danvers, Earl of Danby by Sir Anthony van Dyck (22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641), a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England. He is most famous for his portraits of King Charles I of England and Scotland and his family and court. With the partial exception of Holbein, van Dyck and his exact contemporary Velázquez were the first painters of pre-eminent talent to work mainly as Court portraitists.

The Third Earl of Stamford by Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792), first President of the Royal Academy of Arts.

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