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Creator:
Jean B. C. Chatelain, 1710–1771, French
Title:
A View of the Rotunda in the Garden at Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Date:
1753
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 1/8 x 12 3/4 inches (23.2 x 32.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.4.1058
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | columns | gardeners | gardens | pool | rakes | rotundas (interior spaces) | statuary | statues | trees | views | water
Associated Places:
Buckinghamshire | England | Europe | Stowe | Stowe Landscape Gardens | United Kingdom
Associated People:
Venus
Access:
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Curatorial Comment:
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A well-known teacher, draftsman, and engraver of landscapes, Chatelain often assisted topographical landscape artists with their work. This drawing was part of a series of views of Stow engeraved in 1753 by George Bickham Jr. for his Sixteen Perspective Views, Together with a General Plan of the Magnificent Buildings of Stowe. While not an architect himself, Chatelain's role in depicting and disseminating architecture to a larger public was an important part of the architectural practice, as it raised public awareness of architectural styles and important structures. The gardens at Stowe, the home of Richard Temple, Viscount Cobham, were a subject of popular interest because of their reconstruction throughout the early eighteenth century by Temple and Charles Bridgeman. They attracted architects such as Sir John Vanbrugh (cat. 110), who designed this rotunda (1721), and William Kent (cat. 113). Lancelot "Capability" Brown was head gardener at Stow in 1741. Chatelain presents the landscape at Stowe as pastoral and idyll; framed by the Ionic columns of the rotunda on the left and the majestic trees on the right, diminutive picturesque workers rest or assume classical poses. This view would change drastically soon afterward, as the monument and canal in the distance as well as surrounding trees, were removed to provide a central vista from the garden façade of the house.
--Morna O'Neill,2001-05
Exhibition History:
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Country Houses in Great Britain - Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1979-10-10 - 1980-01-29)

The Early Georgian Landscape Garden (Yale Center for British Art, 1983-04-20 - 1983-06-26)

The World of Alexander Pope (Yale Center for British Art, 1988-04-08 - 1988-05-29)

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05)

The Changing Garden: Four Hundred Years of European and American Gardens and Parks (The University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2004-03-13 - 2004-05-23)

The Changing Garden: Four Hundred Years of European and American Gardens and Parks (Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 2003-10-19 - 2004-01-11)

The Changing Garden: Four Hundred Years of European and American Gardens and Parks (Cantor Art Center, Stanford University, 2003-06-11 - 2003-09-07)

Publications:
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Country houses in Great Britain., Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1979, pp. 14, 71, no. 58, N6764 Y34 1979 (YCBA)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:7977
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