Oil painting on canvas, A Landscape with a Castle on a Hill by Franz de Paula Ferg (Vienna 1689 – London 1737), signed F. ferg f (one of a pair, NT/UPP/P/142b is other). The castle stands in the summit of a precipitous rock at the right, around which winds a river; a group of figures and a horseman on the river bank in the foreground. Austrian by birth, Ferg came to England in about 1718, and turned out quantities of small, precious landscapes in the Netherlandish manner.
Early hanging-plans, in the Great Drawing Room: '18. [or 20.] Landscape Deferg' [between the windows]; H. R. Bolton's bill for cleaning pictures, 28th September 1869, in the Large Dining Rooom: '9 [or 10] Landscape. Italian Scenery by Francis Ferg.'; purchased by the National Trust from the Trustees of the late R.J. Meade-Fetherstonhaugh, Esq. in 1978
Marks and inscriptions
F. Ferg f (signed, bottom right corner)
Makers and roles
Franz de Paula Ferg (Vienna 1689 – London 1737), artist