Sacrifice to Apollo, from the Arch of Constantine, by Francis Hayman, at Blickling Hall. ©National Trust, image supplied by the Public Catalogue Foundation
A group of five grisaille paintings by Francis Hayman (1708-76) at Blickling Hall is currently undergoing conservation treatment.
The Blickling Haymans being treated. ©National Trust
Conservators Sally Woodcock and Polly Saltmarsh are consolidating and cleaning the surface of the pictures, filling in surface cracks and strengthening their frames. The work has been funded by the Ashford Trust and the Norfolk National Trust Centre.
Mercury delivering a message to Jupiter and Juno, with Neptune in attendance, from an antique relief in the Museo Angelonio, by Francis Hayman, at Blickling Hall. ©National Trust, images supplied by the Public Catalogue Foundation
Hayman was a versatile artist who produced portraits, history paintings, pictures showing scenes from plays and decorative works such as this group.
The Emperor Trajan sacrificing to Mars Victorious (from the Arch of Constantine), by Francis Hayman, at Blickling Hall. ©National trust, image supplied by the Public Catalogue Foundation
His biggest commission was to paint about fifty pictures to decorate the pavilions and supper boxes at Vauxhall Gardens, the popular pleasure grounds on the south bank of the river Thames.
Portrait of the sculptor Peter Scheemakers (1691–1781), by Francis Hayman, at the Royal College of Physicians, London. ©Royal College of Physicians, image supplied by the Public Catalogue Foundation
The Blickling pictures had a similar decorative function, but hung in the private space of the library.
Portrait of Jonathan Tyers and his family, by Francis Hayman, in the National Portrait Gallery, London. ©National Portrait Gallery
Sculpture seems to have been a recurring motif in Hayman’s work: he painted portraits of several sculptors and he included sculptural elements in his other works too.
Figures crowning a statue of Hercules (from the Arch of Constantine), by Francis Hayman, at Blickling Hall. ©National Trust, image supplied by the Public Catalogue Foundation
The Blickling grisailles will be on view again from the second half of May.