James Hart Dyke painting at Chettle House 2018


At the beginning of 2018 James was commissioned to make a large pastoral painting for the main dinning room of Chettle House in Dorset. Nicolas Pevsner described the house as “the plum among Dorset houses of the early 18th century, and even nationally outstanding as a specimen of English Baroque”. The property had recently been bought and was undergoing extensive renovation to the house and grounds. Over the year James made a series of studies of the house until a final composition was agreed on. A full scale mock up of the final painting, including the frame design, was made to check the composition, colouring and size was appropriate for the dinning room. The final painting was completed and hung in January 2019.

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