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George Barret the Elder (1728/32 - 1784)

Trees in Mr Lock's Park, Leatherhead

Watercolour

Museum number: P246

Curatorial note

This drawing was made in the grounds of Norbury Park at Leatherhead, renowned for its ancient trees and sylvan setting and the subject of Norbury Park - A Poem by James Woodhouse, 1789, dedicated to its owner William Lock and published in 1803.

Lock bought Norbury Park in 1774. He pulled down the old house and built a new one where he entertained Amongst its rooms was a saloon famously decorated as a bower enclosed by a roof of vine-covered trellis with an opening in the centre decorated with a fictive evening sky. Three sides of the room were painted by Barrett with compositions based on Lake District landscapes while windows in the south wall framed the real view towards Box Hill and Dorking. Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Lawrence were frequent visitors.

It is possible that another watercolour by Barrett in the Soane collection, P436, also shows Norbury Park.

Associated objects

p436, same subject


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