Sunday, May 15, 2016

Petworth House, 2016

We visited  Petworth in 2009, and again in 2013. It is one of our favorites, largely because of its extraordinary paintings collection...20 Turners, 20 Van Dykes, enough Gainsboroughs and Reynolds and others to make any museum envious. Did I mention the Bosch? The Hobbema? There are also the furnishings, the Gibbons wood carvings, the Molyneux Globe, the Chaucer manuscript, and sculpture to nearly match the paintings. And then the Capability Brown-landscaped grounds. I blogged about all this in post on the house and grounds,, and one on the paintings, I solemnly promise not to reproduce any of the paintings photographs here. Our visit this time stretched over three days, trying to get the right weather and tours. 
The first tour was the tunnels tour, exploring the communications
between  the main building and the servants/service buildings
The pump room, with a 1920s electrical pump; before that,
the pump was powered by a donkey
In the cavernous ice house; ice brought in from
Canada and later Scandinavia; seriously
Moving right along, on the grand staircase heading up to the
bedrooms tour; the twine was added for child-protection only
in 1925

Giant frescoes on the staircase, actually a family portrait


Guest bedroom #1; after which I was reminded of the no fotos
policy on the bedroom tour

Van Dyke's Katherine Bruce, Mrs. Murray; in
what Vicki described as the low-cut room

There are four great Turners on the dining room's inside wall--
there for the guests who didn't get the view of the grounds; I
have tried photographing them every time we were here, but the
light in that room was always wrong, here is another try; The
Petworth, A Stag (all of them earlier 1800s)

Brighton from the Sea

The Lake, Petworth, Fighting Bucks

Chichester Canal; the framing on all these is Gibbons carving

"You said it, man. Nobody messes with the Henry"

The Egremont Seascape, Petworth's first Turner acquisition

It's the 300th anniversary of the birth of
Lancelot "Capability" Brown, the great
landscape designer of the age, and Petworth
was one of his most famous achievements; of
course, not everybody is all that fond of
Brown, many Brits referring to him as
"Calamity" or "Culpability"; we'll see more of
him as we travel around

A beautiful vast Snyders, oddly, in the Capability Brown
exhibit room

Two exquisite pieces from an embroidery
exhibit honoring Capability
Never mind the paintings, look at the Gibbons carving
throughout this great room 


The Leconfield Aphrodite, Praxiteles, 4th C, BC

Outside the chapel

1 comment:

Tawana said...

I would have wanted all that ice! It is still hard to find in England and particularly France.