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Pair of 19th century watercolour landscapes showing the house, Wanstead Grove in Essex, in the distance, and cattle in the foreground. Pen and ink and watercolour in black and white. Now mounted and framed. English, circa 1835
Painted by the Hon. Harriet Rushout (1809 - 1852), whose father, George Rushout Bowles’ family seat was Wanstead Grove. The house had undergone extensive reparations in 1822 at the hands of her aunt, the artist Hon. Anne Rushout, who had inherited the estate in 1817. Harriet and her sister, Georgiana, were acclaimed artists in their own right, living in their family seat of Burford House in Tenbury Wells, Shropshire. Their brother, George became the 3rd Lord Northwick and, through his descendants, Northwick Park was inherited by Edward George Spencer-Churchill, grandson of the Duke of Marlborough and cousin of Winston Churchill.
These pictures came by descent from George Rushout-Bowles to his heir, Edward George Spencer-Churchill, whose estate at Northwick Park was dispersed in a series of Christies’ sales on the premises in 1964. They have since then been held in a private collection.