Francis Barlow (Lincolnshire c.1626 - London 1704)
[Saved] Oil painting on canvas, A Cassowary, by Francis Barlow (Lincolnshire c.1626 - London 1704), before 1676. 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.
Possibly painted for Denzil Onslow, MP (1640/1–1721) of Pyrford, and possibly included in his bequest to his great-nephew, Thomas, 2nd Baron Onslow (1679–1740), of Clandon, where it was probably one of those recorded by Horace Walpole in 1764; acquired by the Ministry of Works from Gwendolen, Countess of Iveagh, in 1956, and transferred to the National Trust by HM Treasury in 1968.
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