This drawing was acquired to illustrate the transition in the style of garden design from formal to informal in the early 18th century. The garden itself is yet to be identified, but we see a octagonal pavilion as the centrepiece of a water garden.
A later hand has written ‘Gorhambury?’ in pencil but it has no resemblance to the actuality of Francis Bacon’s garden in Hertfordshire.
Purchased through the HLF Collecting Cultures grant.
Pen and ink on paper
Early 18th century