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The Rival Wentworths

Wednesday 4th June 2014


Wentworth Woodhouse - west front

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After last year’s visit to Wentworth Woodhouse and as a prelude to Wentworth Castle on 28 June, the lecture will explore the ways in which the notorious family rivalry stimulated the creation of these spectacular collections of Georgian mansions, follies and estate landscapes, as well as the latest phase of the on-going restoration of Wentworth Castle – the elegant Victorian Conservatory, which has been featured on telly so much since November.


Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin, The Hague and at Wentworth Castle editors: Patrick Eyres and James Lomax (Copies can be ordered in advance)

After the lecture, James Lomax will introduce the book generated by Temple Newsam’s acquisition of Lord Raby’s fabled silver cistern (or wine cooler). Exquisitely crafted, the cistern was created in 1705-06 as part of the ambassadorial silver dinner service when he was appointed to the Prussian Court in Berlin. Subsequently, as ambassador to the Dutch Republic (1711-14), he co-negotiated the momentous Peace of Utrecht.