Visit to Warwickshire
This summer Compton Verney is staging two exhibitions on the English landscape: 'Capability' Brown and the landscapes of Middle England, and Stanley Spencer and the English garden. The former will be the first exhibition ever focused on Brown, who worked at Compton Verney as well as Croome Park, which we visited last summer. The latter will concentrate on Spencer's garden views and landscapes, a crucial but hitherto ignored aspect of his work.
We shall meet for coffee on arrival, and will be given an introductory talk before the exhibitions open at 11 am. Your ticket also covers admission to the permanent collections and grounds.
After lunch we have a 15-minute drive to Farnborough Hall near Banbury. Now a National Trust property, Farnborough is still lived in and administered by the Holbech family who built it. We shall be welcomed by Caroline Beddall, the present incumbent. The house dates from the late 17th century with rococo plasterwork added to the interior between 1745 and 1750 as a setting for the paintings and sculpture brought back from the Grand Tour by William Holbech. the original paintings have long since been replaced by copies but there remains an important series of busts of Roman emperors. In the mid-18th century, Sanderson Miller landscaped the gardens and created a terrace walk with temples and an obelisk, so weather permitting there will be an opportunity to enjoy the real thing after our morning of study!