The Paston Treasure

Spike Bucklow

‘The talk will focus on Sir Robert Paston and his involvement in the execution of painting that celebrated his family’s cabinet of curiosities. Sir Robert (FRS 1663-82) lived in Norfolk, commissioned an unknown Dutch painter for the still-life and was engaged with Thomas Henshaw (RS vice-president from 1677) in pursuit of the red elixir. Analysis of the painting suggests that Sir Robert had a hand in its creation in terms of both style and materials.’

The globe is a detail of the painting, ‘The Paston Treasure’, Chris Titmus, HKI, with kind permission of Norfolk Museums Service.

The Paston Treasure, anon., Norwich Castle Museum, Chris Titmus, © Hamilton Kerr Insititute
‘The Paston Treasure’, Chris Titmus, HKI, with kind permission of Norfolk Museums Service. © Hamilton Kerr Institute