£15 In the second of Peter Brown’s two-part lecture series on Wentworth Woodhouse, he re-imagines what the mansion would have looked like in its heyday. When the Fitzwilliam family moved out of
In the second of Peter Brown’s two-part lecture series on Wentworth Woodhouse, he re-imagines what the mansion would have looked like in its heyday. When the Fitzwilliam family moved out of the house in the 1940s, a series of sales saw much of the contents distributed around the globe. Some 200 paintings and engravings, by the likes of Van Dyck, Reynolds, Stubbs and Lely, plus masterpieces by Guercino, Guido and Andrea del Sarto, were dispersed, together with 400 pieces of furniture, including works by Wright & Elwick, and some important silver, designed by Paul Crespin, Robert Adam and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. But perhaps the most significant collection to be lost was an assembly of sculpture, collected in the main by the 2nd Marquis during the period 1750-82. Amongst the 130 recorded pieces were important antique works of art from Herculaneum and Tivoli, together with superb 18th-century copies after the antique by the best Italian and British sculptors.
Peter Brown, former Director of Fairfax House and York Civic Trust, has spent the last few years researching the history of the country houses of Yorkshire and, in particular, Wentworth Woodhouse. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Research Associate at the University of York.
Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine). All welcome
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