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Sir Lawrence Dundas, 1710-1781
Connection to Wilson
Biographical Details
Sir Lawrence Dundas 1st Baronet was a Scottish businessman, landowner, politician and patron of Wilson. Having made a fortune supplying goods to the British Army during the Jacobite campaign of 1745 and in Flanders during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) he diversified into banking, property and canals. Also a man of taste, he was elected to the Society of Dilettanti in 1750. His residences included Moor Park near London, Dundas House, St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, designed by Sir William Chambers (now the Royal Bank of Scotland) and the Aske Estate, near Richmond, North Yorkshire. There he employed the leading Yorkshire architect, John Carr, to enlarge and remodel the house in Palladian style. 'Capability Brown' worked on the park at Aske and provided a design for a bridge. In the 1770s, Sir Lawrence commissioned Robert Adam for further remodelling and designs for furnishings. Five years previously he had commissioned Wilson to paint three views of Moor Park: P133 Moor Park Hertfordshire, P134 Moor Park, Distant View, and P135 View from Moor Park towards Rickmansworth, all in a private collection, England.
Patronage of Works
P133 Moor Park Hertfordshire; P134 Moor Park, Distant View; P135 View from Moor Park towards Rickmansworth all in a private collection, England
Significant institutions
Society of Dilettanti