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A View of Lady Diana Beauclerk's House in Twickenham Meadows, 1784

A View of Lady Diana Beauclerk's House in Twickenham Meadows, 1784
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After the death of her second husband Topham Beauclerk, Lady Diana Beauclerk lived in Spencer Grove, Twickenham, between 1781 and 1789. Horace Walpole described it as a ‘charming villa’, The house was also known as Little Marble Hill and as Marble Hill Cottage because of its location on the grounds of Marble Hill House, the home of Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk.

According to early 19th-century accounts, Lady Diana ‘fitted up [the house] with great elegance’ and ‘decorated several of the rooms herself, with her own paintings and flowers’. A set of large painted panels at Lydiard Park, (several on public display) are believed to have been part of her decorative schemes at Little Marble Hill.

Spyers' view in the Kings Topographical Colletion is one of a series of four (or possibly six) prints depicting the houses of the nobility in Isleworth and Twickenham.


Year:
1784
Artist:
John Wells and John Spyres
Type:
Etching
Location:
The British Library
Owner:
The British Library
Reference:
Maps.K.Top.30.19.i
Copyright:
The British Library
Last updated on:
Thursday 2nd September 2021

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