Waagen, Gustav Friedrich
Treasures of art in Great Britain: being an account of the chief collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated mss., etc. (Supplement): Galleries and cabinets of art in Great Britain — London, 1857

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Letter VI. REV. ME. HEATH'S COLLECTION.

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LETTER VI.

Collection of pictures belonging to Eev. Mr. Heath, Vicar of Enfield —
Collection of pictures belonging to Lord Enfield, Wrotham Park— Col-
lection of pictures belonging to Sir Thomas Sebright, Beechwood —
Additions to the collection of the Duke of Bedford, Wobum Abbey—,
Objects of art at Knole Park, seat of Earl Amherst — Pictures belonging
to H. Mildmay, Esq., Shoreham Place — Pictures at Gatton Park, seat
of Countess of Warwick — Additions to collection of Earl Cowper,
Panshanger.

COLLECTION OP PICTURES BELONGING TO THE REV.
MR. HEATH, VICAR OF ENFIELD.

Mr. Heath belongs to that small class of English connoisseurs
who, while possessing a true taste for all that is beautiful in art,
are especially devoted to the acquisition of pictures of the early
Netherlandish and German schools. His small collection is not
only remarkable for the value of the pictures, but for the admirable
effect of the high light in the hall of his house containing these
treasures. I proceed to notice those which appeared to me the
most important.

Hans Memling. — A small altarpiece with wings. In the
centre, under the cross, is the body of the Saviour lamented by the
Virgin and disciples. The body is lying on a white cloth, the
head and upper part supported by St. John, who is clad in a ver-
milion mantle and coat. Behind the body is the Virgin in a
light blue dress and white veil, her hands clasped. Quite on the
left is the Magdalen kneeling in superb attire, her dress being of
dark violet lined with grey fur, with a yellow petticoat with a
broad trimming of the same fur. The sleeves are of the finest
crimson. She is clasping her hands above her head with a
passionate gesture. At the head of Christ, on the ground, are the
crown of thorns and the nails. The landscape is hilly, with a truly
luminous horizon; some light and numerous roundish trees, and
rocks, are on the right, at the foot of which Joseph of Arimathea
with spices, Nicodemus, and two holy women are walking. On
the right wing is St. James the Greater with a long brown beard, in
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