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Lot 139

JOHN BLUCK (FL, 1791-1819) 'Belfield House, Weymouth'

a view from the sweeping drive looking toward the country house, with sheep in parkland to the foreground and the Isle of Portland to the distance, signed and dated 1818 lower left, oil on canvas, 28cm x 39cm

Estimate: £500 - £1,000
Hammer price: £1,600
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Belfield House is an 18th-century country house, located in Wyke Regis, Weymouth, Dorset. Built around 1775-80 for Isaac Buxton and designed by John Crunden in a late classical design with four Ionic columns at its entrance. It originally had its own extensive parkland of thirteen acres, as shown in the painting offered hereThe house remained in the ownership of the Buxton family until the middle of the 19th century. In 2005 the house was subject to a major restoration project, which upon completion in 2010 received the Civic Society Award and was described as being "probably Weymouth's finest and most important Georgian house"

An outstanding early aquatint engraver, John Bluck exhibited his art at the Royal Academy, London, from 1791 to 1819. As well as illustrating a number of fine books, John Bluck became famous for his full colour aquatints of topographical views, marine, sporting and architectural subjects. Among his best known works of art are the twenty-four engravings for Picturesque Illustrations of Buenos Aires and Monte Video (1820), Six Views of Derbyshire (1805) and Views of Weymouth (1813). John Bluck also engraved now coveted plates after Reinagle, T. H. Shepherd and Thomas Rowlandson. For Rowlandson, one of England's premier satirical artists, John Bluck was entrusted with engraving such great plates as A Bird's Eye View of Covent Garden Market, A Bird's Eye View of Smithfield Market and the engravings for the Microcosm of London.

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