Francesco Sleter (Italian 1685-1775)
The Triumph of Cybele
Oil on canvas
33 x 60cm; 13 x 23½in
From the collection of Edward Croft-Murray (1907-1980)
Edward Croft-Murray, Decorative painting in England 1537 - 1837, vol II (Country Life, 1970), p.91, plate 25
Twickenham, Marble Hill House, English Baroque Sketches: The Painted Interior in the Age of Thornhill, May-July 1974, cat. no. 29
This is a study of the ceiling design for the east staircase at Grimsthorpe Castle. The east wing of the house was extensively remodelled by Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726), and the other staircase was decorated by Sir James Thornhill (1657/76-1734). Francesco Sleter also painted the ceiling in the state dining room, and his oil sketch for this is in the Tate (inv. no. TO3465).