Goodwood’s Astute Visionaries

From the First Duke of Richmond to the current heir apparent, the family have always had an eye and instinct for untested talent.  Goodwood House started life as a hunting lodge and over the generations has grown into the Estate it is today. Never before has a country estate sat so comfortable juxtaposed between two opposing points; opulent grandeur and relaxed family home.

The real development to the house started with Charles, the Third Duke of Richmond – an astute gentleman who took a chance on untried artists and architects before they became famous.  Hence the collaborations with architect James Wyatt – responsible for The Kennels & renovations at the house including the Regency wings; with George Stubbs (the Duke was an early patron) – there are three canvases featuring the Duke’s own racehorses and hunters in the entrance hall; and with Sèvres. This collaboration with Sèvres (the collection is one of the finest in England) is particularly interesting as it was the first factory purchase by a client and the first to feature real representations of birds from nature onto porcelain rather than the whimsical, fantastical creations which were the norm.

He obviously inherited his keen sense of talent spotting from his father, the second Duke who swiftly recognised the genius of Canaletto, giving him his first commission outside of Italy, painting the view from the family’s London residence, Richmond House.

The House is open for tours March – 15th October 2012, from 1pm – 5pm Sunday and Monday and costs just GBP9.50 for adults and GBP4.00 children aged 12-18. Children under twelve are admitted free. Student rates are GBP4.00 and there is a family ticket for two adults and two children for GBP22.00.

Afternoon tea is served between 2pm – 4.30pm with prices starting at GBP4.00.

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Summer Exhibition for 2012, running from 6th August – 15th October, will look at Goodwood’s Royal heritage and how it is represented in the art collection. From 5th – 30th August the House will be open Sunday – Thursday.

About Goodwood House: Set within magnificent grounds in the Sussex countryside, seven miles from the sea, is one of the truly spectacular English country estates.  The seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon for over three hundred years, Goodwood remains in the family while affording guests an opportunity to experience the historic architecture and interiors of the grand house and the opulent modern amenities, award-winning dining and a range of sporting activities from golf to world class vintage car and horse racing.

To enquire about holding events or weddings at Goodwood please telephone 01243 775537 or email  For information on visitor opening times for  Goodwood House and for more information on the Goodwood Estate, please call +44 (0) 1243 755 000 or visit

Contributer:  Alexandra Pinhorn

Goodwood House is a client of Magellan PR.

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