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Prized Possessions – Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses

From: Saturday 26.01.19
at 10:00am
To: Sunday 24.03.19
at 5:00pm

Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex GU29 0AE


Petworth House and Park celebrates Dutch art and design as it hosts an exhibition of paintings from the ‘Golden Age’.

Event description: 

Dutch art will be explored at the historic Petworth House, Sussex, when it hosts the final stage of a major National Trust exhibition.

Prized Possessions brings together Dutch seventeenth-century paintings by some of the finest masters of the ‘Golden Age’ from National Trust collections around the country and examines how and why this style of art was desired, commissioned and displayed in Britain.

The show is especially relevant to Petworth, which holds major Dutch paintings in its collection and reflects the Dutch influence of King William and Queen Mary in its design.

At Petworth House, the Prized Possessions exhibition will be seen for the first time in a country house context, having previously been exhibited in galleries at the Holburne Museum in Bath and The Mauritshuis in The Hague.

With Petworth House as a venue, the exhibition will also invite visitors to discover more about the influence of William and Mary on the Dutch-inspired design choices that were made for the property in the 1680s by the Duke and Duchess of Somerset at a seminal moment in the house’s history.

Petworth was partly remodelled by the French architect Daniel Marot, who had worked extensively for the Dutch court, especially on the palace at Het Loo. Decoration at Petworth includes the spectacular wood carvings of fruit, flowers, trophies and game by Anglo-Dutch master carver Grinling Gibbons, who had also worked for William and Mary at Kensington Palace and Hampton Court.

Prized Possessions, curated by David Taylor and Rupert Goulding, includes nearly two dozen works from Trust houses around the country by celebrated artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Lely, Gabriel Metsu, and Cornelis de Heem alongside less well-known names such as Simon Pietersz Verelst and Adriaen van Diest.

For further information please contact:

Madeleine Gower,, 07787 105833  

Alison Dalby, 07824 418351