Bampfylde, Coplestone Warre (1720 - 1791)
Three Views of Fawley Court on the Thames, Buckinghamshire. Including a View up the Course of the Henley Royal Regatta. These watercolours show Fawley Court built in 1684, its gardens laid out by Capability Brown (1716-1783) from 1764-66 and Temple Island folly, designed by James Wyatt P.R.A. (1746-1813) as part of his 1770-71 improvement works at the house. Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour. c.1775. Provenance: Sambrooke Freeman F.R.S.A (c.1721-1782); Strickland Freeman; and by descent in the Strickland family of Apperley Court, Gloucestershire. a. Fawley Court from the East, the River Thames in the foreground. b. Fawley Court from the North, the town of Henley in the distance. Showing the River Thames and Temple Island with Wyatt's 1771 folly. This view includes the whole course of the Henley Royal Regatta, which begins at Temple Island. c. A lock and weir on the Thames near Fawley Court. This is possibly the lock at Hembleden, which was built in 1773. 18x25.5 inches. Framed: 23x30.5 inches.

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde designed and laid out his own gardens at Hestercombe, Somerset, from 1750. Although an amateur draughtsman, he made a number of these views of other Estates as commissions. He also exhibited at the Society of Artists and the Royal Academy. These three works are still in their original William Kent style frames and so present an fascinating microcosm of eighteenth century taste; for pictures, architecture, decorative arts, gardens and technologies.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024