A View of a Forum
Thomas Wyck (Beverwijk 1616 – Haarlem 1677)
Oil painting on canvas, A View of a Forum by Thomas Wyck (Beverwijk 1616 – Haarlem 1677), 1673/74. A Roman forum, with figures and a fountain in the centre and a statue behind, the village spreads up the hill to the left, a distant horizon on the right with pink cloudy sky.
The joiner's bill for the period 8 August 1673 to 12 December 1674 includes an item "For Taking out a Pannell over ye Doore of my Lords Closett & putting up a picture"; this is one of the two insets by 'old Wick (Thomas Wyck; 1616-77) and shows an Italian landscape with ruins'.; in 1677 incventory and thence by descent until acquired in 1948 by HM Government when Sir Lyonel, 4th Bt (1854 – 1952) and Sir Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt (1886 – 1969) presented Ham House to the National Trust, and entrusted to the care of the Victoria & Albert Museum, until 1990, when returned to the care of the National Trust, and to which ownership was transferred in 2002
Ham House, The Dysart Collection (purchased by HM Government in 1948 and transferred to the National Trust in 2002)
Makers and roles
Thomas Wyck (Beverwijk 1616 – Haarlem 1677), artist