A view of Purley Hall, Berkshire with Warren Hastings and his menagerie of exotic animals Oil on canvas, 76 x 107cm (30 x 42in), in a period frame.
The present composition relates closely to an equally primitive oil on canvas (66 x 86cm), in a private collection which is illustrated in John Harris, 'The Artist and Country House', London 1979, No. 417, P.363. The Reverend Dr Henry Wilder purchased Purley Hall in 1778 and let it to Warren Hastings, a former Governor of India, while he awaited trial. Hastings is said to have spent the three years here fattening prize cattle, riding Arab horses, rearing Tibetan goats and cattle of Bhutan, all of which are confirmed in this composition.