English Woodwork


Staircase from Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire

Attributed to Edward Pearce (ca. 1630–1695)

Date: ca. 1677–80

 Risers, treads: oak;

balustrade friezes, finials: elm;

newel posts, stringers, skirting, baluster bases, balusters, handrails: pine 


The British Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY were re-hung and re-opened just as Covid-19 arrived.


A metal balustrade provides access up and down the staircase; to which Covid-19 put a stop.




photo from the net





Charles I (1600, beheaded 1649), 1629, oil on canvas.

Daniël Mijtens (Dutch, 1590–1647/48.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY from whose website this photo






Sir Henry Capel (1638-1696).  His eldest brother was the 1st Earl of Essex. Cassiobury Park was the seat of this family.

Sir Peter Lely, 1618-1690, British.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY from whose website this photo








Mary Capel (1630–1715), Later Duchess of Beaufort, and Her Sister Elizabeth (1633–1678), Countess of Carnarvon, oil on canvas

Sir Peter Lely (Pieter van der Faes), British, 1618–1680.  Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Photo from the web















Cassiobury Park in Hertfordshire not far from London, was built in the middle of the 16th century for the earls of Essex.


It was remodelled several times in the next 350 years until it was demolished in 1927. 


Its grounds are now a public park for the people of Watford.







3 thoughts on “English Woodwork

    1. Thank you, Luisa! Of course, the masterpiece is the woodwork which the camera loves!

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