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This painting shows a house and its estate in Belsize, London. It would have been painted for the owner of the house, who wanted a kind of ‘portrait’ of his possessions.

Scholars see the form of such landscapes as being adapted to the needs of the property owner. The house is placed in the middle of the picture, and an impression of the extent of the land included in the estate is given by stretching it into the distance.

March 2011