Petworth Park

Magnificent country house and park with an internationally important art collection

  • Set in a 'Capability' Brown landscaped deer park
  • An art collection that rivals most London galleries
  • Numerous works by Turner; Petworth itself was immortalised in his paintings
  • Intricate wooden carvings by Grinling Gibbons in the Carved Room

Summary

Petworth came to the Percy family in 1151. The history of the Percy dynasty is a chronicle of power leading not only to high honours (the earldom of Northumberland in 1377) but also to death and dishonour.

Daniel Marot, a French Huguenot, who had been employed by King William III, probably designed the present house.

A multitude of paintings and sculptures by Turner and his contemporaries remains

The formal gardens were replaced in the 1750s by one of 'Capability' Brown's most poetic 'natural' landscapes, immortalised in Turner's paintings.

In 1947 Charles, 3rd Lord Leconfield, gave the house and park with an endowment to the National Trust, thus ensuring their permanent preservation.

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