Exploring Francis Barlow at Clandon Park, Guildford
PUBLISHED: 19:31 09 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:31 20 February 2013
England's first wildlife painter, etcher and illustrator, Francis Barlow's work was celebrated at a private view hosted by the National Trust's Clandon Park, near Guildford.
Englands first wildlife painter, etcher and illustrator, Francis Barlows work was celebrated at a private exhibition view hosted by the National Trusts Clandon Park, near Guildford.
The event was attended by the new Mayor of Guildford, Terence Patrick and his wife Angela, Nathan Flis, curator of the exhibition, and University of Londons Professor Michael Hunter.
Barlow was a prolific designer of satires and propaganda of his time for the Whig cause, says Caroline Sones, house manager at Clandon Park. The Decoy oil painting was completed in the 1670s for Denzil Onslow, Whig MP for Surrey and owner of Pyrford Court, a manor house which sadly no longer exists. Were extremely fortunate to have six wonderful Barlow canvasses here.
The exhibition runs until Sunday July 24, featuring paintings permanently house there, illustrated books on loan from other National Trust properties, and prints and drawings in facsimile from collections around the world.
- A campaign at Clandon to raise 35,000 to restore the Farmyard painting by Barlow and to bring it back to the same excellent condition as two other large Barlow canvasses there, The Decoy and Landscape with Birds and Fishes that were conserved back in 2007, is ongoing.
- You can read more about The Decoy in this months Surrey Life magazine.