Petworth House, West Sussex
A Late 17th Century mansion house nestled in the South Downs home to Lord and Lady Egremont and managed by the National Trust, Petworth House contains the Trust’s finest picture collection, as well as fine furnishings and is situated extensive grounds.
The grounds were originally landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings. The internationally important art collection contains works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake.
Petworth House State Bed
Situated in one of Lord and Lady Egremont’s guest bedrooms is the Petworth State Bed, an English rococo masterpiece from the 1750’s.
As a highlight within the house and wishing to restore the bed to its former glory, the National Trust commissioned Humphries Weaving to replace the bed hangings. These were wide woven in a rich crimson, silk and cotton damask.
The design is a shortened version of the Kedleston Hall (National Trust) wall hangings, which can also be seen on the State Bed at Shugborough Hall (also National Trust). There is also another version of the same design in the Warner Textile Archive.
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