Hardwick Hall study day, Tuesday 1 March 2016

Posted: 2016

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, in the snow ©National Trust Images/Robert Morris

This study day will focus on the rich portrait collection at Hardwick Hall, the outstanding Elizabethan home built by ‘Bess’ of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury. Hardwick is celebrated as a tour de force in Elizabethan stately architecture and interior planning, and is home to remarkable[...]



The Tudors and the Victorians: Royal connections with Woburn Abbey by Carly Collier

Posted: 20 January 2016

John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford by Hans Holbein the Younger, c.1532-43, RCIN 912239. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

As one would expect of a family seat, portraits have historically been – and continue to be – a vital component of the decorative scheme of Woburn Abbey. A number of spaces in the main house are devoted to didactic dynastic displays: from the Grand staircase, which provides a visual lineage of the Russell family from the sixteenth century onwards; to the Duke’s Corridor, in which portrait miniatures, busts and large oils are harmoniously integrated;[...]