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father is depicted in The Masters Pattisson, has created a
contemporary photograph in response to the painting,
exploring the themes of brotherly love and loss.
A programme of events accompanies the exhibition,
including curator talks and a children’s trail in summer.
Treasured Possessions: Riches of Polesden Lacey runs for
two seasons: 25 April – 29 October 2022 and 1 March –
30 October 2023.
The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view
these objects up-close in a gallery setting, being staged in
William McEwan’s (Margaret Greville’s father) bedroom,
the balcony, and all four exhibition rooms on the first floor.
Exhibition curator, Alice Strickland, said: “The gallery
setting allows us to provide richer interpretation highlighting how this astonishing collection was formed. The
exhibition has also allowed us to do further research into
the collection, attaching firm attributions to some of the
Fabergé objects and ascertaining who gifted them to
Margaret Greville and when.”
As part of the exhibition, other treasures of Mrs Greville’s
will be highlighted in the lavishly furnished principal
rooms, including a magnificent painting by Melchior de
Hondecoeter, showing peacocks and other birds in a
landscape. This recently returned to the house after an
absence of over 50 years to serve once again as the central
feature in the richest of all the interiors, the Saloon.
Alice Strickland continued: “In assembling her superb
collections, Mrs Greville was following the transatlantic
fashion of the super-rich, but she was also creating an
intimate and inviting atmosphere for her many guests.
“In her lifetime it was the privileged few who could enjoy
the treasures she had amassed, but she intended her
bequest to the National Trust ‘to form a Picture and
Art Gallery’, ‘for the largest number of people to have
enjoyment thereof.’ As custodians of Polesden Lacey
estate we hope we have done her justice.”
Above, Tulip shaped vase, Staffordshire porcelain, photograph
©National Trust Images, David Brunetti photography.
Above, A pair of pottery horse heads from early Imperial China (circa 3rd-7th centuries AD) photograph courtesy of National Trust.
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