A Bird's-eye View of Dunham Massey from the South-east
John Harris II (1715-1755)
This is one of a set of four views of Dunham Massey by Harris. They were probably to commemorate the transformation of house and park over the previous half-century by Lord Warrington. They are a unique record of an 18th Century formal landscape, and they are also amongst the last paintings of country houses ever to be produced in the form of the 'bird's-eye view'. The artist’s name is given in an inventory of 1787, and confirmed by the inscription on an engraving of this view by Boydell, dated 1751.
Oil painting on canvas, A Bird's-eye View of Dunham Massey from the South-east by John Harris II (1715-1755), 1750.
Dunham Massey, The Stamford Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
John Harris II (1715-1755), artist
Harris 1979 John Harris, The Artist and the Country House. A History of Country House and Garden View Painting in Britain 1540-1870, London 1979, no. 178c