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Design for the ceiling of the Great Hall at Blenheim, ca. 1716.

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1716 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thornhill, James Sir, born 1675 - died 1734 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and wash over pencil; oval.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.621

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR82

Physical description

Design for the painted ceiling in the Great Hall at Blenheim Palace, an oval; An allegory on the successes of John Churchill (1st Duke of Marlborough), who, as Mars, approaches Britannia (Queen Anne) as mistress of the World, on which she is seated; Fame is above, and accompanied by angels sounding the praises of the Duke; the foreground is filled with military trophies, &c.; Drawn with pen and sepia, washed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1716 (made)

Artist/maker

Thornhill, James Sir, born 1675 - died 1734 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and wash over pencil; oval.

Dimensions

Height: 330 mm oval, Width: 208 mm oval, Height: 375 mm wash line, Width: 248 mm wash line, Height: 450 mm sheet, Width: 325 mm sheet

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of the Earls Spencer (Lugt 1531)

An allegory celebrating the successes of the Duke of Marlborough, who is shown as Mars approaching Brittannia seated on a globe as mistress of the world. The figures, surrounding a horse on the right, symbolising the Continents, may be compared with a similar group in E.5199-1919.

Descriptive line

Thornhill, James (Sir); Design for the painted ceiling in the Great Hall at Blenheim Palace, an oval; An allegory on the successes of John Churchill (1st Duke of Marlborough), who, as Mars, approaches Britannia (Queen Anne) as mistress of the World; Drawn with pen and sepia, washed; English School; ca. 1716.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

E de N Mayhew Sketches by Thornhill in the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1967
DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.

Materials

Paper; Pen; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Wash technique

Subjects depicted

Ceilings; Globe; Angels

Categories

Drawings; Designs

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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