Petworth House

Petworth House is a National Trust property situated in the South Downs National Park, and is a beautiful mixture of Classical Architecture. The house is full of treasures waiting to be discovered, including Fresco’s, Art, Carving & Sculpture Collections.

Inspired by the Baroque Palaces of Europe this Late C17th Grade I Country House was rebuilt in C1688 by Charles Seymour, the 6th Duke of Somerset, with alterations in the C1870’s by the Architect Anthony Salvin. The surrounding Deer Park and Lakes, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the C1750’s provide a glorious enclosure around the house with stunning views across the South Downs.

Petworth House has one of the finest Art Collections within the National Trust and here are a few of my favourites including some of the magnificent wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons ( 1648-1721). Born and raised in the Netherlands, Gibbons served his apprenticeship there until C1677 when he moved to England. Over the next few decades his talent and flamboyant Baroque style captured many of the wealthy nobility.

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