From 17 May to 29 September 2013, the magnificent art collection amassed by Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, will be reassembled in its original home of Houghton Hall in Norfolk for the first time in over 200 years. The most celebrated British collection of the 18th century, it was acquired in 1779 by Catherine the Great in a landmark private sale negotiated by James Christie, founder of Christie’s. The core of the collection went on to adorn the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Christie’s is proud to sponsor Houghton Revisited which will include paintings from the English, French, Italian, Flemish and Spanish schools, with masterpieces by Van Dyck, Poussin, Albani, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Murillo. The public exhibition will see all of the paintings hung in their original positions in the State Rooms, precisely recreating the collection’s splendour.

Houghton Hall now the family seat of Sir Robert Walpole’s direct descendant, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, is considered one of the country’s finest Palladian houses. The Hall was designed to house Walpole’s prized collection of Old Master paintings, and the magnificent interiors and furnishings designed by William Kent are also still intact.
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Exhibition Location & Times

Houghton Hall
King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6UE
Wednesdays-Sundays, 17 May-29 September 2013, 11am-5pm

Advanced booking of the exhibition is recommended.

In the News

Lord Cholmondeley talks to Apollo about the history of the estate and his commitment to its future
Apollo, April 2013

Houghton Revisited: Masterpieces From The Hermitage, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Evening Standard, May 2013

Walpole’s lost treasures return to Houghton Hall
The Independent, May 2013

Stately Homecoming
Financial Times, November 2012

Houghton Revisited: Review
May 2013