HUGH Buchanan (1958 - )

Dusty Sunlight at Syon House Sold

Pencil and watercolour.
Signed and dated Buchanan 2004 at the lower right.
287 x 380 mm. (11 1/4 x 15 in.)


This large sheet depicts a view of the interior of Syon House in west London, the residence of the Dukes of Northumberland, designed by Robert Adam in the 1760’s. It is part of a series of watercolours, executed by Buchanan between 2003 and 2004, of the interiors of five country houses; Syon House and Osterley Park in London, Boughton House in Northamptonshire, Harewood House in Yorkshire and Blairquhan Castle in Ayrsehire.

As the catalogue of an exhibition of Buchanan’s watercolours noted, ‘At Syon House the interiors created by Robert Adam for the first Duke of Northumberland have a superlative finish which tests all Buchanan’s most developed skills in his chosen medium. He evidently reveled here in extravagant detail such as the ivory inlay on doorframes, indulging his passion for the fall of light on rich fabric, exploring areas where different textures meet, sometimes resulting in almost abstract patterns. Oak floorboards are set against intricate mouldings framing tattered stretches of brocade damask wallpaper and flaking gold leaf, illuminated by a hesitant, milky sunlight.’

Francis Kyle Gallery, London, in 2004.


Dusty Sunlight at Syon House


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