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This picture of Copped Hall and its pair, shown two paintings to the right, were commissioned by John Conyers. His father had purchased the Tudor mansion sometime before 1742. Conyers may have wanted a record of his original inheritance, because he demolished the old Copped Hall two years after this was painted, to make way for a new Palladian house.

In addition to painting landscapes, George Lambert worked as a scene painter in London's theatres. He collaborated with several artists, including Hogarth and Samuel Scott. The figures in this pair of views were painted by the portraitist and decorative painter Francis Hayman.

September 2004