Hampton House,The Seat of Thomas Carr, Esqre.
Published 1828, by R.:Ackermanm, 96 Strand, London.
Hand coloured aquatint, 285 x 345mm. 11¼ x 13½". Old mount residue.
Hampton House on the Thames at Hampton, Middlesex, formerly the residence of David Garrick. Capability Brown advised on the layout of the gardens. After Garrick died in 1779, his wife Eva continued to live in the villa until her death at the age of 98 in 1822. She had difficulty in keeping the house in repair. After Mrs Garrick died in 1823 a sale of pictures and some of the furniture took place. Many of Garrick's books also went to the British Museum to form an important part of the British Library's collection of early plays. Mrs Garrick's solicitor, Thomas Carr, bought the estate and tried to keep everything as it had been in Garrick's time. He and his wife showed visitors round and even installed a replica statue in the Temple in the grounds (to left). From 'Picturesque tour of the River Thames illustrated by twenty-four coloured views, a map and vignettes, from original drawings ... by William Westall and Samuel Owen'.
Abbey Scenery: 435, 10.
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