Georges Montbard Architectural Illustrations

During the 1880s and 1890s, Georges Montbard (1841-1905) illustrated many of the English Homes series and other articles for the Illustrated London News.  In each article, he would paint a number of views of the subject property.

1. English Homes.-XXIV

Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, The Seat of Lord Braybrooke

Illustrated London News, 6 June 1890, pp. 720-21.

Mixed media on thin card, 12.5 x 19.5″ (31.75 x 49.5cm); signed lower right “G. Montbard”

Condition: good overall, tear at upper right corner in the margin, discoloration in the sky to the right of the house, about 1″ crack line at bottom center but not showing on the reverse.


Audley End today

Audley End House for the Guidebook. West front view from west north west.

2. English Homes.-XXII

Beaudesert, The Seat of the Marquis of Anglesey

Illustrated London News, 23 November 1889, pp. 660-61.

Mixed media on paper attached to thin card, 12 x 18.5″ (30.5 x 47cm); signed lower left “G. Montbard”

Condition: Appreciably yellowed; age toning and surface dirt; some correction to the figures and to the sky at upper left.


Beaudesert was demolished in 1935.

Beaudesert Hall, stately home on the southern edge of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire

3. English Homes, No. XLII

Cowdray Park (Side View from the Private Garden)

Illustrated London News, 16 October 1897, p. 534

Mixed media on card attached to card, 8.5 x 12.5″ (21.5 x 31.75cm); signed lower left “G. Montbard” and dated “92”

Condition: very good; illustration has bowed.


4. “Visit of Prince and Princess of Wales to Trentham Hall”

Trentham Hall (The House from the Lake)

Illustrated London News, 9 January 1897, p. 50

Mixed media on paper attached to thin card; 9 x 13.5″ (22.8 x 34.2cm); signed lower left “G. Montbard”

Condition: overall very good; some slight soiling; slightly bowed.


Trentham Hall is now derelict.


5. [A View of Castle Howard]

Not used for English Homes, No. XLI, Castle Howard, Illustrated London News, 17 April 1897.

Mixed media on paper attached to thin card, 11.25 x 17″ (28.5 x 43cm); signed lower left “G. Montbard” and dated “92”

Condition: yellowing and age toning; foxing, especially to lower right, the damp causing the paper to pull away from the backing.