Jerry Peirce's Rustic Hermit's Cell, Lilliput Castle, Lansdown, Bath c.1758
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The sketchbook contains at least 5 views of Jeremiah Peirce's (1696-1765) house and garden. Peirce was a surgeon at the Bath General Hospital (Royal Mineral Water Hospital) and he owned Lilliput Castle, a villa on the slopes of Lansdown, designed by John Wood the Elder (1704-1754) in 1738. One of three sketches of a rustic cell in the grounds of Lilliput Castle. This sketch suggests the planting is new or, at the very least, drawn in winter. The sketch is inscribed with Milton's poem Il Penseroso: 'And may at last my weary age/Find out the peaceful hermitage/The Hairy Gown and Mossy Cell,/Where I may sit and rightly spell/Of every star that heav'n doth shew/And every Herb that sips the dew,/Till old experience do attain/To something like Prophetic strain.' Inscribed No. 103.-house near the lakes at Prior Park. From a collection of 45 sketches of Bath by Thomas Robins the Elder (1716-1770). By kind permission of V&A Images.
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