Francis Barlow (Lincolnshire c.1626 - London 1704)
[Saved] Oil painting on canvas, A Cassowary, by Francis Barlow (Lincolnshire c.1626 - London 1704), before 1676. Possibly originally painted for Denzil Onslow at Pyrford Court. A painting of a cassowary in an Italianate landscape, standing in profile to the left, with its right leg raised. A classical gateway is in the middle distance to the left. Behind the cassowary to the right is the base of a pyramid, on which a monkey is climbing. A pair of paintings of an ostrich and a cassowary by the artist, of slightly smaller size, were recorded in the collection of Thomas Thynne, 1st Viscount Weymouth. Sold 14 June 2002.
Possibly painted for Denzil Onslow, MP (1640/1–1721) of Pyrford, where probably seen by Sir John Evelyn on his visit to Pyrford Court 24 August 1681. Probably included in his bequest to his great-nephew, Thomas, 2nd Baron Onslow (1679–1740), of Clandon Park, where it was probably one of those recorded by Horace Walpole in 1764.Marked in Lady Iveagh’s 1966 Inventory, p3; Accepted by the Treasury in lieu of Estate Duty on the death of Lady Iveagh in 1968 (1968 Schedule A) and transferred to the National Trust in 1984.
Clandon Park, The Onslow Collection (National Trust)
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Francis Barlow (Lincolnshire c.1626 - London 1704), artist
Sparrow 1922: Walter Shaw Sparrow, British Sporting Artists, London, 1922, p.33 Whinney, Margaret Dickins. English art 1625-1714 1957., p.280 Clandon Park, Surrey, 1964: [National Trust; Pamela, Countess of Onslow] 1964, p.18 Clandon Park, Surrey, 1979: [National Trust; John Cornforth] 1979, p.17 Clandon Park, Surrey, 1983: [National Trust; revised by Christopher Beharrel], 1983, p.10 Clandon Park, Surrey, 2002: [National Trust; Sophie Chessum & Christopher Rowell], 2002, p.8, in the Marble Hall The National Trust, 1895-1995, 100 great treasures :, 1995, p.66 Flis 2011 Nathan Flis, Francis Barlow : Painter of Birds & Beasts, Clandon Park, exh.cat., 2011