View of the Lake and the Island from the Lawn at Kew
William Marlow (British, Southwark, London 1740/41–1813 Twickenham, London)
Sir William Chambers (British (born Sweden), Göteborg 1723–1796 London)
Sheet: 11 3/16 x 17 13/16 in. (28.4 x 45.2 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925
Not on view
This delicate watercolor depicts a view in the Royal Botanic Garden of Kew (near London), designed by the celebrated eighteenth-century English architect William Chambers. This sheet is bound in an album containing the original drawings later published in print form as Plans, Elevations, Sections and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings of Kew in Surrey, the Seat of Her Royal Highness, the Princess Dowager of Wales (London, 1763). This work illustrates sections of the garden and numerous structures at Kew, including a mosque, a classical rotunda, and a Chinese pagoda, demonstrating the fascination for eclecticism in garden art at this time. The soft undulating shape of the lake and its surrounding lawns is combined with the crisp silhouette of the Chinese pagoda as distant focal point, and the view expresses essential qualties of the English landscape garden, so admired and imitated on the continent.
Inscription: Inscribed at lower left within image: "W. Marlow" Inscribed below image: "View of the Lake & Island from the Lawn"
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (British, born Scotland, Edinburgh 1713–1792 London); Vendor: James Rimell
Harris 1971, p. 57
John Harris Catalogue of British Drawings for Architecture, Sculpture, Decoration and Landscape Gardening: 1550-1900, in American Collections. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1971, p. 57.