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C.A. Grove - Late 19th Century Watercolour, From a Boat on Loch Ness

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C.A. Grove - Original Late 19th Century Watercolour. Unsigned. On wove. Condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration.

Ferne House is a country house in the parish of Donhead St Andrew in Wiltshire, England. There has been a settlement on the site since 1225 AD. The first Ferne House was the manor house of the de Ferne family: Philip de Ferne is recorded as living there in 1225. From the Ferne family, it passed to the Brookway family, and in 1561 to William Grove of Shaftesbury. By 1809 the house had become so dilapidated that it was demolished. Second house The second Ferne House was built by Thomas Grove, on an enlarged scale in the year 1811 on the site of the old structure … in an elevated situation, commanding a pleasing view of the surrounding country. An 1850 photograph of this house is reproduced in The Grove Diaries. This house was remodelled some time after 1850 and assumed a square ground-plan. In 1902 the house passed out of the ownership of the Grove family, when it was sold to A. H. Charlesworth, who further enlarged it the following year. The house was bought in 1914 by Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton. The house remained in the Hamilton family’s possession until the estate was bequeathed by the Duchess to the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society, for the purpose of maintaining the sanctuary. A clause in the Duchess's will stated that it should remain as an animal sanctuary in perpetuity, but the restrictions she laid down were so stringent that the house was unsaleable, and as a result it was demolished in 1965. Third house Sometime after 1991 the estate passed into the ownership of the 4th Viscount Rothermere and his wife. According to Private Eye, despite residing here, the 4th Viscount Rothermere claims to domicile in France for tax avoidance. In 2001 the third and present Ferne House (known as Ferne Park) was built to the design of the architect Quinlan Terry, in Palladian style and at a reported cost of £40m. The house won the award for Best Modern Classical House from the Georgian Group in 2003, and in 2006 permission was sought to build two additional wings. The house was featured in the November 2006 edition of Vanity Fair. The Grove Baronetcy, of Ferne House, in the parish of Donhead St Andrew in the County of Wiltshire, is a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 18 March 1874 for Thomas Grove, Liberal Member of Parliament for Wiltshire South and Wilton. The Grove family descends from John Grove, who settled in Wiltshire in the 15th century. A later member of the family, William Grove (d. 1582), represented Shaftesbury in the House of Commons and purchased the Ferne estate in 1563. Sir Thomas Fraser Grove, 1st Baronet (1823–1897) Sir Walter John Grove, 2nd Baronet (1852–1932)


13.7 x 16.5cm (5.4" x 6.5")

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From an album drawn between 1888 and 1892 by C A Grove of Ferne House, Donhead St Andrew, Wiltshire. The album includes views of India, Scotland, Jersey Southern England and their home, Ferne House. We have been unable to determine the first names of the artist, or their relation to Sir Thomas Grove. The watercolours were pasted to both sides of the album pages. The India watercolours have been left intact. The English and Scottish drawings have been removed from the album pages and the inscriptions copied on to the reverse.

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Code nt148
Artist C.A. Grove
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 13.7 x 16.5cm
Framed No
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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