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Drawing - View of Painswick House and Gardens, Gloucestershire
  • View of Painswick House and Gardens, Gloucestershire
    Robins, Thomas , born 1715 - died 1770
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View of Painswick House and Gardens, Gloucestershire

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1748 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robins, Thomas , born 1715 - died 1770 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by H M Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria & Albert Museum, 2000

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case CUP, shelf 7, box C

Drawing of Painswick House, Gloucestershire, by Thomas Robins. Painswick House was built for Charles Hyett in the 1730s.

Thomas Robins is an enigmatic artist and, so far, little has been discovered of his life. He may be descended from the family of Robins who held the manor of Matson. He published a Prospect of Bath in 1757 and A View of the Baths and Pump Room in 1764. His son Thomas Robins the Younger was a drawing master.

Between 1747 and 1770, Robins produced a series of drawings and paintings of English country houses and, in particular, their gardens. His surviving drawings and paintings epitomise English rococo taste. Robins was either specially attracted to rococo gardens, or had a reputation for the delineation of such gardens in the circles of cognoscenti of the rococo.

Robins and his work are of significant interest both topographically and aesthetically. His pictures of rococo gardens, with their vistas and ornamental buildings, are of great historical importance because they immortalise a fashion whose exemplars have disappeared. Robins, who was in many respects an ‘amateur’ painter, never succumbed to conventional facility and his views retain the charm and freshness of a personal discovery.

Physical description

Unfinished drawing of Painswick House, on paper, in pen and ink and watercolour. 'No 67' is written in brown ink in the bottom right hand corner. The drawing is in a landscape format and attached to one page of the album.


1748 (made)


Robins, Thomas , born 1715 - died 1770 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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Drawing of Painswick House, Gloucestershire, 1748 by Thomas Robins

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The extensive garden at Painswick is virtually hidden within a steep wooded valley at the rear of the house. These natural contours were skilfully exploited when the garden was designed in the 1740s. From the house, visitors descend into a secret place of vistas, Gothic follies and woodland walks. This drawing, and a painting made from it, are the basis of an ongoing restoration project. [2005]


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