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Curved Bench Seat from the Temple of Apollo, Stourhead

Henry Flitcroft (Twiss Green, Cheshire 1697 – Hampstead 1769)

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1765 (payment recorded 9 May)

Materials

Pine, grained, oil on panel

Measurements

1320 x 2225 x 675 mm

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Collection

Stourhead, Wiltshire (Accredited Museum)

NT 562873.1

Summary

Grained pine, curved bench seat from the Temple of Apollo, painted brown with a large scallop shell and oak leaf carving to top of the back, by Henry Flitcroft (Twiss Green, Cheshire 1697 – Hampstead 1769). The bench is painted with a classical scene of Apollo in his chariot and the Nine Muses. The bottom edge of the seat has c-scroll carving and the six legs are carved with acanthus leaves and flower bosses. Paint loss near Apollo's face.

Provenance

Commissioned by Henry Hoare II (1705 - 1785) for the Temple of Apollo, Stourhead (a payment made to artist on 9 May 1765); given to the National Trust along with the house, its grounds, and the rest of the contents by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Bt (1865 – 1947) in 1946.

Credit line

Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Henry Flitcroft (Twiss Green, Cheshire 1697 – Hampstead 1769) , artist attributed to William Hoare of Bath, RA (Eye 1707 – Bath 1792), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Samuel Woodforde, RA (Ansford 1763 - Ferrara 1817), artist

References

Dodd 2007 Dudley Dodd, “Fit for the gods: furniture from Stourhead’s temples.” Apollo, suppl. Historic Houses and Collections Annual, 2007, pp. 14-22, fig. 1

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