Petworth House and Park

Posted on: December 4th, 2011 by Rob

The park at Petworth is a masterpiece of ‘Capability’ Brown. The 650 acre deer park contains two lakes and is home to a herd of fallow deer, ancient trees and water fowl. Ornamental trees and shrubs, azaleas, daffodils and meadow flowers inhabit the pleasure ground.

The vast late 17th-century mansion is set in a beautiful park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings. The house contains the Trust’s finest and largest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, as well as ancient and neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.

The Servants’ Quarters contain fascinating kitchens (including a splendid copper batterie de cuisine of over 1,000 pieces) and other service rooms. On weekdays additional rooms in the house are open to visitors by kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont.

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