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Work in Progress: Restoring ‘Petworth’s Beauties’

Next: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Runs until Sunday, October 30th, 2022 (See all dates)

10:30am - 4:00pm
Petworth House And Park, Petworth, GU28 9LR
Free display, normal admission applies (free for N

This summer, Petworth is exhibiting two recently restored ‘Beauties’ portraits for the first time on site since they were returned to their original full-length size. Painted by the seventeenth-century artist Michael Dahl, these portraits of Rachel Russell, Duchess of Devonshire, and Mary Somerset, Duchess of Ormonde, are considered to be some of his finest works.

This work-in-progress display spotlights the extensive conservation work that has been undertaken to restore these two works to their former full-length glory. You can see the two restored paintings in the Exhibition Room at Petworth. Conservation of the Petworth ‘Beauties’ was funded by the National Trust with generous support from Philip Mould & Company.

Saturday 11 June – Sunday 30 October, 10:30am-4pm.

Image: A detail of the painting of Lady Mary Somerset, Duchess of Ormonde. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

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Petworth House And Park
Petworth House And Park
GU28 9LR

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