The Collection of an Architect; The Old Rectory, Kent
Anglo-Flemish School, 17th Century
A view of Combwell Priory, Kent, with the owner greeting a visitor in the foreground, the visitor's horse held by a groom oil on canvas 63 x 75.8cm (24 13/16 x 29 13/16in).
Provenance: Colonel M. H. Grant Sale, Christie's, London, 27 April 2007, lot 21
Exhibited: London, The Arts Council of Great Britain, Grant Collection, no. 56, as by Siberechts
Literature: M.H. Grant, A Chronological History of the Old English Landscape Painters (In Oil) From the XVIth Century to the XIXth Century, Leigh-On-Sea, 1957, I, pp. 56-7, as by Jan Siberechts J. Harris, The Artist and the Country House, London, 1979, p. 59, no. 50
Combwell Priory was just two miles from Gouldhurst and, after its surrender to the Dissolution, was granted to Thomas Culpepper, and later to William Campion. The Campion family remained at the priory until circa 1657 when they moved to Sussex. It was demolished in the 18th Century.