A view of Lady Diana Beauclerk's house in Twickenham Meadows

Description

After the death of her husband, Lady Diana Beauclerk lived in Spencer Grove, Twickenham, between 1781 and 1789, when she moved to Devonshire Cottage in nearby Petersham Meadows. Described by Horace Walpole as a ‘charming villa’, Spencer Grove was also known as Little Marble Hill and as Marble Hill Cottage because of its location on the grounds of Marble Hill House, the home of Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk (about 1688-1767).

Lady Diana was an artist who worked mainly in pen and ink, pencil and watercolour. She illustrated books and provided designs for Josiah Wedgwood’s jasperware. According to early 19th-century accounts, during the decade she lived in Little Marble Hill Lady Diana ‘fitted up [the house] with great elegance’ and ‘decorated several of the rooms herself, with her own paintings and flowers’. Spyers' view in the King’s Topographical Collection is one of a series of four (or possibly six) prints depicting the houses of the nobility in Isleworth and Twickenham.

 

Full title:
A View of Lady Diana Beauclerks House, in Twickenham Meadows. / Mr. Spyres Delin.t ; J. Wells Excudit.
Published:
1 July 1784, London
Publisher:  
William Dickinson
Format:
Etching / Aquatint / View
Creator:
John Wells, John Spyers
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps K.Top.30.19.i.

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