Engraving of Hardwicke House South Oxfordshire Circa 1827


Engraving of Hardwicke House, Whitchurch on Thames, South Oxfordshire c1827 - Framed

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W-48 H-39 (cm)

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Item No. 58669 - Dealer No. 864 - Building No. 2


Engraving of Hardwicke House, South Oxfordshire c1827 - Framed
This is a hand coloured topographical picture of Hardwicke House, Whitchurch on Thames, South Oxfordshire.
The picture is titled "Hardwicke House, the Seat of Philip Lybbe Powys Esq"and also inscribed "Langtree Hundred Pl 1".
It was “Drawn by “J Skelton & J Willis" who in 1823 were illustrating the principal antiquities of Oxfordshire. The engraving was "Published as the Act directs August 1st 1827, by J Skelton Magdalen Bridge, Oxford" and "Engraved by J Skelton & H Winkles ".
Situated on a slight rise on the banks of the River Thames, Hardwicke House is reputed to have been the inspiration for E H Shepard's illustrations of Toad Hall in the book “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. Charles Day Rose who purchased the house in the early 20thc is said to have been a model for "Toad" (of Toad Hall). The house is still owned by the Rose family.
King Charles I visited the house whilst a prisoner and being escorted from Oxford.
Hardwicke House was probably built by Richard Lybbe, who purchased the Manor from the Hardwick family in 1526. The south wing was rebuilt c1660 to replace part of the house that had been damaged by bombardment by Cromwell's troops during the Civil War. Large late 19thc additions have since been demolished.
The Lybbe family ended with an heiress, Isabella Lybbe, who married Philip Powys in 1730. Their descendants, the Powys family, had their home there for a further 130 years. Caroline Powys, wife of Philip Lybbe Powys of Hardwick House maintained a diary from 1756 which recorded the daily social round of her class in gossipy detail. She wrote of visits to neighbouring country houses, the winter balls and assemblies in Henley and the seasons in London and Bath with their plays, concerts and balls. Their great-grandson Philip Lybbe Powys, who later assumed the additional surname of Lybbe, was a rower and MP. He recalled as a child rowing from Hardwick to Mapledurham on Sunday afternoons.
Charles Day Rose purchased Hardwick House shortly before he was created a baronet of "Hardwick House in the Parish of Whitchurch in the County of Oxford" on 19 Jul 1909. Hardwick House and its surrounding estate has now been in the ownership of the Baronets Rose of Hardwick for several generations and the current owner is Sir Julian Rose, 4th Baronet, who succeeded his father in 1966. In 1979 he also succeeded to the Rose Baronetcy of Montreal, and became the 5th Baronet in that line.
Dimensions of the framed engraving are:
48 cm x 39 cm


Item Reference
Height: 39 cm
Width: 48 cm
1812 - 1830, C19th (Regency)
Country of Origin
The engraving is in good condition for its age and, although not the original frame, it has been framed appropriately. There is a very small amount of foxing but the colours remain clear and un-faded.


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