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  • John Griffier
Taymouth Castle (View of Taymouth Castle from the south)
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Taymouth Castle (View of Taymouth Castle from the south) begun 1733 and repainted 1739
  • Scottish Art
This depiction of Taymouth Castle, as seen from the south, combines a bird’s-eye view with a detailed depiction of the ground plan of the recently landscaped gardens. The estate belonged to the Campbells of Glenorchy (the Earls of Breadalbane). The artist was a friend of the celebrated architect William Adam who designed the gardens. The picture was updated in 1739 by another artist, John Griffier II, who repainted parts of it to reflect later alterations to the landscape.

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Picturesque

A term applied to certain landscape images and garden or architectural designs. The idea became prominent in the 18th century to describe irregular or rough scenes that were deemed worthy to be painted. This includes subjects such as ruined castles or ramshackle cottages.

Vista

A view of a landscape, particularly one framed by objects such as trees.

Picturesque, Vista

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2359
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 66.00 x 133.00 cm (framed: 84.70 x 154.00 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1976