This black and white postcard proved to be a bit of a tease. I started work on identifying this in early December for a client. It took a few days longer than I had anticipated as I was somewhat unwell.
The painting on the left is very Italian, and the marble tomb would not be out of keeping with an Italian mausoleum. However, it was eventually the identity of the sculptor that helped me to find this image.
It is the memorial to the Chandos Family, specifically to James Bridges, the First Duke of Chandos and his two wives Mary Lake and Cassandra Willoughby. The statuary was designed and executed on the order of Grinling Gibbons by his workshop. Architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner was doubtful that Gibbons had a personal hand in sculpting it. It is in The Chandos Mausoleum which is on the southeast corner of Canons Park Estate in Harrow, north London. For the longest time I thought it WAS in Italy, and that assumption was partially true as the paintings on the walls of the Mausoleum were by the Italian artist Gaetano Brunetti. The Sarcophagus on the left of the postcard is for Margaret, wife of the 2nd Duke of Chandos, who died in 1760.