25. GROSVENOR HOUSE.
of the year; but it is usual for the principal families to have a
mansion in London, which they occupy during the season, or at
other times when required. Most of these mansions are in the
vicinity of Hyde Park, and many of them are worth visiting, not
only on account of the sumptuous manner in which they are fitted
up, but also for the treasures of art which they contain.
Permission to visit these private residences, for which appli¬
cation must always be made to the proprietors, is often difficult
to procure, and can in some cases be had only by special intro¬
Information as to the possibility of admission, or as to tickets
when any of the galleries are open, may be obtained from Messrs.
Colnaghi, Pall Mall East; Graves, 6 Pall Mall; Sams, 1 St. James's
Street; Smith, 43 Old Bond Street; Mitchell, 33 Old Bond Street.
Grosvenor House (PL I, 9), Upper Grosvenor Street, is the
property of the Duke of Westminster, and is often open to the
public in May and June from 2 to 5 p.m. The pictures, numbering
about 100, are arranged according to schools.
English School. "Hogarth, The poor poet in the garret. Gains¬
borough: Landscape; Blue Boy; The cottage door. Sir Joshua Reynolds,
Mrs. Siddons, the celebrated actress, as the Tragic Muse. Bonington,
Pond with ducks. West, Five historical paintings. Landseer, Dog.
Italian School. Raphael, Five pictures of doubtful authenticity.
Titian: Portrait of a lady ; Nymph resting; The Woman taken in adultery ;
The tribute money (copy of the original at Dresden). Paolo Veronese:
Annunciation; Marriage at Cana; Holy Family. Andrea del Sarto, Holy
Family. Guido Reni: Infant Jesus asleep; Goddess of Fortune ; John the
Baptist; Adoration of the Shepherds. Canaletto, Festival in the Piazza of
St. Mark. Salvator Rosa, Portrait of himself.
Spanish School. Murillo: Jacob sojourning with Laban; "St. John
with his lamb; "Christ asleep. Velasquez, Equestrian portrait of Don
Balthazar, son of Philip IV.
Flemish School. Van Dyck: Virgin and Child; Portrait. Rubens:
Four large church pictures; Adoration of the Magi; Sarah dismissing
Hagar; "Ixion; Rubens and his first wife, Elizabeth Brandt. Rem'irundl.
Four portraits. Snyders, Hunting scene. Gerard Dow, Milk-girl. Ruysdael,
Landscape. Berchem, Landscape. Cuyp: Four pictures, including a
moon-light scene. Hobbema, Landscape. Adrian van de Velde, Landscape.
W. van de Velde, Sea-piece. Van der Weyden, Convent garden. Paul
Potter, Herd of cows pasturing.
Fi-.encii School. Nic. Poussin, Four pictures; among them, Children
at play. (/. Poussin, Three pictures. Ctaude Lorrain: "Evening dance;
Sunrise and sunset.
Lansdowne House (PL J 10), Berkeley Square, the residence
of the Marquis of Lansdowne, contains a picture-gallery and a very
valuable collection of sculptures. It was while living here , as
librarian to Lord Shelbume, that Priestley discovered oxygen.
Among the best works of art are —
Youthful Hercules, found, in 1790, near Hadrian's Villa. Mercury,
found at Tor Columbaro, on the Via Appia. Woman asleep, by Cunova.
Copy of Canova's Venus. Child soliciting alms, by Ranch. Diomede
with the palladium. Jason fastening his sandals. Wounded Amazon.
Among the pictures special attention may be directed to the following:
Raphael, St. John in the wilderness , one of the master's earliest works.
Sebastian del Piom'io, Portrait. Portraits by Murillo and Velasquez,