View of the Library, Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire
Susan Alice Dashwood (British, 1856–1922)
Watercolor over graphite on wove paper
sheet: 12 3/16 x 18 1/4 in. (31 x 46.3 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Bequest of James Parker, 2002
Not on view
This drawing was made by Susan Alice Dashwood, a descendant of Sir James Dashwood (1715-1779), 2nd baronet, who built Kirtlington Park―a house whose elegant Rococo dining room is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here we see the library in 1886, still retaining its original ceiling and overmantle, with the latter surrounding a portrait of Elizabeth Spencer, the 2nd baronet's wife. At this date, the estate belonged to the artist's father, Sir William Henry Dashwood, 5th baronet (1815–1889), who is depicted reading by the fire.
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite, on verso, lower left: "Library, Kirtlington Park, Oxford. Portrait Sir Henry Dashwood 5th Bart. Drawn by Alice Dashwood Feb 1886."
Inscribed on verso of frame (now removed, in Drawing Dept. Archives): "This watercolor bears on inscription on the back / 'Library Kirtlington Park Oxford Portrait Sir Henry Dashwood / 5th Bart Drawn by Alice Dashwood Feb 1886' / (Sir William Henry Dashwood 1819-1889). The overmantel portrait is of Elizabeth Spencer, wife of the 2nd Baronet and Builder of Kirtlington Park, Sir James Dashwood, 1715-1779 / I wish to leave it to the Metropolitan Museum / James Parker 3/15/72"
James Parker (American); Donor: James Parker (American)
James Parker, William Rieder, Daniëlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide, Wolfram Koeppe, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Period Rooms in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, pp. 142-3, illustrates two other watercolors by the artist of the interior of house.