The paintings owned by Gloucestershire County Council have not been acquired systematically to build a collection. Most are of chairmen of the County Council in the days before portrait photography was common. Perhaps the most interesting painting is one called Gloucester from Hempsted. This has recently been attributed to Thomas Robins (1716–1770). It also bears a strong resemblance to the work of Leonard Knyff, whose illustrations of Gloucestershire houses were engraved by Johannes Kip for use in Robert Atkyns’s The Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, published in 1712. Hempsted Court was not included in the book, and no longer exists, so this painting fills a gap in the historical record.
Heather Forbes, Head of Information Management and Archives
Text source: PCF / Gloucestershire County Council
This description was originally written for a catalogue.