Marsha Holm, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent
To coincide with Legion of Honor exhibit:
Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House
October 18, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Discover the history and elegance of Houghton Hall, one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), Britain’s first prime minister. Constructed in the Palladian style by architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell and decorated by the influential designer William Kent, it has survived through the centuries in a remarkably well-preserved state.
This exhibition captures an intimate look inside Houghton Hall amid a re-creation of some of its spectacular interiors. Rarely-exhibited treasures and exquisite furniture that has been passed down through the centuries evoke the sophistication of aristocratic entertainment in the 18th century.
Key highlights include works by British painters Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and William Hogarth; Italian painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Andrea del Sarto; and American painter John Singer Sargent.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library