Goodwood: Art and Architecture, Sport and Family
Lecture | Royal Grammar School
Thursday 2 February 2012 - 18:30 until 21:00
The first lecture of the year for Worchester region will be given by the curator of Goodwood House, Rosemary Baird. She has also written a book on the subject of Goodwood: Art and Architecture, S;ot and Family.
Architecturally, Goodwood is one of the most unusual of England's great houses. It started as a gentleman's residence, built in the reign of James I. The 1st Duke of Richmond was visiting here as early as 1689, when he was only 17, and used to come regularly for the foxhunting in the nearby village of Charlton. In 1697 he purchased the Jacobean house
The great Regency state apartments at Goodwood House were added to Brettingham’s south wing from 1800 by the architect James Wyatt, together with the round towers. These wings and towers are in flint, an unusual material for a house of this size, which looks wonderful in the early morning or evening light, in the hoar frost or snow. The new large rooms were intended for entertaining and are used as such to this day. They house the earlier art collection, collected through the late 17th and 18th centuries, much of which had previously adorned Richmond House, the family's London home. This town house was destroyed by fire in 1791.
The house has recently been refurbished by the Earl and Countess of March & Kinrara, giving it an up to date sense of the Regency, with strong colours and stylish drapes and fabrics. .