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Chimneypiece landscape on panel, originally from Popehill near
Haverfordwest, circa 1700.
wide, 46" high.
cms wide, 117 cms high
around 1700, this panel would have been placed above a fireplace in
the principal room of this former gentry house near Haverfordwest.
Their subject matter would have derived from a selection offered to
the client by the artist, who was probably itinerant and able to
perform a variety of tasks.
accounts of Chirk Castle in Denbighshire show that in 1673 Thomas
Ffrancis of Montgomery, "the Herald Painter", was paid to
produce "3 landkskips for 3 chimney peeces" as well as to
paint elm sculptures on the staircase, panelling in "wallnutt
color", balusters for the bowling green, biblical inscriptions
at the local church and the sign of "The Bull" in Denbigh.
For the landscapes he received £2 10s 0d each.
houses have frames above and attached to fire surrounds, but the
paintings they originally enclosed have virtually always been
obliterated. Rare examples of c1700 are found on raised panels
surrounded with bolection mouldings at Abercynhir, Llanfrynach
(Brec.), showing scenes from the legend of Diana and Actaeon.
similar painting is available).