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17 July 2018Petworth House
19 June 2018Ely Cathedral
16 May 2018Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
17 April 2018Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasdon Temple
15 March 2018The Wallace Collection
11 January 2018Modigliani Exhibition, Tate Modern, London
07 October 2017OVERSEAS TOUR to Puglia and the Beautiful Heel of Italy
18 July 2017VISIT to Beaulieu Palace House, Hampshire
23 June 2017VISIT to Canterbury Cathedral, Kent
11 May 2017VISIT to Arundel Castle
18 April 2017VISIT to Dorney Court and Savill Gardens, Windsor
16 March 2017VISIT to Greenwich, London
12 January 2017Picasso Portraits - National Portrait Gallery
02 September 2016VISIT to The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas
22 July 2016VISIT to Waddesdon Manor
13 June 2016VISIT to The Vyne and Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire at National Trust properties.
17 May 2016VISIT to Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
28 April 2016VISIT to Chenies Manor House and Gardens, Buckinghamshire
15 March 2016VISIT to Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London Heritage Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
15 January 2016GUIDED TOUR of Westminster Abbey
05 October 2015OVERSEAS TOUR to Spain
09 July 2015VISIT to Osborne House, Isle of Wight
11 June 2015VISIT to Rochester and Restoration House
14 May 2015VISIT to Basildon Park, Berkshire
16 April 2015VISIT to Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey
18 March 2015VISIT to the Victoria and Albert Museum for a private tour and talk - "Interiors"
30 January 2015VISIT to The Royal Academy for a private lecture (am) and ticketed entrance to the exhibition (pm). Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his Legacy.
15 September 2014VISIT to Firle Place and Lewes, East Sussex
11 July 2014VISIT to The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
11 June 2014VISIT to Nuffield Place and Mapledurham House
12 May 2014TOUR to Dublin
08 April 2014VISIT to Farley Farm House, East Sussex and Tunbridge Wells
16 January 2014VISIT to St Paul's Cathedral, London
30 September 2013TOUR to Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
17 July 2013VISIT to Belmont Faversham and Whitstable Kent
19 June 2013VISIT to Winchester Cathedral and Hinton Ampner
21 May 2013VISIT to Ickworth Suffolk and Lavenham Village
17 April 2013VISIT April in Paris!
15 March 2013VISIT to the Order of St John Clerkenwell and Lord Astor’s House Temple Place
01 January 2013VISIT to a London Gallery with lecture

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Petworth House
Tuesday 17 July 2018

Petworth House is set within the ‘Capability’ Brown designed deer-park with unrivalled views over the South Downs National Park.  The mansion we see today was built in 1682, and the state-rooms were designed by the 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837) to house his magnificent collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture – in fact the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.  In addition to the 19 paintings by Turner, there are   important works by many other famous artists  including Titian, Hans Holbein the Younger, Aelbert Cuyp, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds.  In 1834 John Constable described Petworth House as ‘that house of art’.  There are antique and 19C sculptures, beautiful 17C and 19C furniture and breathtaking Chinese porcelain – in fact it is a complete treasure trove!    

The gardens are no less impressive, from the beautiful summer colour in the borders of the Pleasure Ground to the 700 acre deer-park.

 It is on the doorstep of the lovely market town of Petworth which is well worth a visit in its own right – it has a strong reputation as a leading antiques town and there are reputed to be around 30 antique dealers varying from affordable to totally unaffordable.  There is also a good selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes if you wish to venture away from Petworth House. 

Tickets for this visit will be on sale from 9.30am at the May and June lecture meetings. 

Visit co-ordinator:  Fiona Moir 020 8681 3010