A Bay with Camels in the foreground
Adriaen van Diest (c.1656 - 1704)
Oil painting on canvas, A Bay with Camels in the foreground by Adriaen van Diest (c.1656 - 1704), signed in red, on rock in front of drover, bottom left: AVDiest [AVD in monogram], circa 1672 - 1704. Bay scene with camels in the foreground and a Man-o'-War firing a salute beyond. A pupil of his father, the marine painter Willem van Diest, Adriaen came to England in 1672 and worked for John Granville, Earl of Bath. he specialised in seascapes and landscape, often of a decorative nature, but also etched some of his own designs. It is very possible that this picture and another (KED/P/198) came from the old house.
This, with KED/P/199, may have been originally hung in 1725-26 in the old house of Sir John Curzon 3rd Bt MP (1674-1727), and installed at Kedlston Hall, after its demolition in 1759-61, and thence by descent. Purchased in 1987 by the National Heritage Memorial Fund from Francis Curzon, 3rd Viscount Scarsdale (1924-2000). On loan to the National Trust from the National Heritage Memorial Fund 1987-1988. Purchased by the National Trust in 1988 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1987)
Makers and roles
Adriaen van Diest (c.1656 - 1704), artist
Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, 1769 Catalogue of the Pictures, Statues, &c. at Kedleston, 1769, p. 4 Russell 1987 Francis Russell, “Securing the future: pictures at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.” Country Life, 23 July 1987, pp.96-99, p. 98