View from the foot of the Pyramid at Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Jacques Rigaud (French, Marseilles 1681–1754 Paris)
Ink and wash
sheet: 14 11/16 x 30 1/8 in. (37.3 x 76.5 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1942
Not on view
Inscription: In pen and brown ink at lower left center: "View from the foot of the Pyramid." At lower right center in pen and brown ink: "Veüe prise a coté de la Piramide." Inscribed in pen and black ink on the pyramid: "ME/ MORIAE SACRAM ESSE VOLUIT COBHAM"
Thomas Grenville (British), according to Peter Willis, Thomas Grenville was either Viscount Cobham's nephew (1719-1747), a brother-in-law of William Pitt; or else Cobham's great-nephew Thomas Grenville (1755-1846) a book collector and donor of the Grenville Library to the British Museum.; Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet (British); Edwards (British), (?), Peter Willis writes that the album was purchased at the Phillips sale by "Edwards" for £14.0s.0d.; Vendor: F. & G. Staack
John Harris, Catalogue of British Drawings for Architecture...in American Collections, 1971, p. 182
Peter Willis "Jacques Rigaud's Drawings of Stowe in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." in Eighteenth-Century Studies. Baltimore, 1972, fig. no. 6, ill.
Peter Willis Charles Bridgeman and the English Landscape Garden. A. Zwemmer, 1977, fig. no. 136, ill.
Barbara Toll Follies: Fantasy in the Landscape. Ex. cat. Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, 2001, cat. no. 17.