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Giovanni Bagutti, West Wycombe Park: interior decorations: design for an interior, wall with Cupid chimneypiece

Photo courtesy of Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
West Wycombe
Title(s)
West Wycombe Park: interior decorations: design for an interior, wall with Cupid chimneypiece
Date
c.1740–55
Location
Unframed, drawings chest outside Library, location 240 on Dashwood list, AP 140, Witt 941/11(43)
Medium and support
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Overall height: 29.8 cm, Overall width: 46.8 cm
Artist
Giovanni Bagutti (1681-after 1730)
Catalogue Number
WW37
Inscription
  • Scale in pencil to 30 feet

Description

Bagutti worked for John Fane, the uncle and guardian of Francis Dashwood, at his Mereworth house; the drawings are here attributed to him on stylistic grounds. The walls in this and other drawings are articulated on two levels with projecting cornice above Ionic pilasters, decorated with busts, swags and urns. The Rococo-style chimney-surround is topped with a spread-eagle motif.

Mereworth Castle, Hall

Figure 1.
Giovanni Bagutti, Mereworth Castle, Hall, stucco decoration added in late 1720s. Photograph, 1920.


Digital image courtesy of Alfred E. Henson / Country Life Picture Library. (All rights reserved)

by Clare Hornsby

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