- Badminton House |
- Visit |
- Tuesday, 25 September 2012 - 10:30 until 16:30
This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the great houses of England. We assemble at Worcester Lodge, begun in 1746 and finished after William Kent's death by Stephen Wright; it is Kent's last great park building. Then we head to Swangrove, Sir Thomas Somerset's Jacobean hunting Lodge, partially demolished and refashioned in 1703 by Killgrew as a 'maison de plaisance' for the second duke. Inside are early chinoiserie decorations and a marble cistern.
After lunch we will tour Badminton House. The interior is magnificent with paintings by, among others, John Wootton and Canaletto, the family collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits, wonderful plasterwork, Grinling Gibbons' limewood carvings, and Sir Henry Cheere's sculptural masterpiece of the panther and gryphon headed chimney piece with glittering overmantel mirror.