Mount Stewart's collection

Two paintings from Mount Stewart's collection © National Trust / NTPL / John Hammond

Two paintings from Mount Stewart's collection

The collection at Mount Stewart hosts 2,500 items of family memorabilia.

These range from items relating to Lord Castlereagh (later 2nd Marquess of Londonderry) including the set of chairs used by The 1815 Congress of Vienna delegates - Wellington and Talleyrand amongst them, up to the 7th Marquess & Marchioness in the 1920-30s - the heyday of the house. A fine collection of portraits and equestrian paintings, including George Stubbs' 'Hambletonian Rubbing Down' painted after its greatest win at Newmarket. The collection also includes oriental furniture and porcelain brought back from travels in China in 1912.

Each month we take a look at one item from our vast collection and tell you the story behind it. Past items have included our aneroid barograph, imperial bushel measure and a pencil and ink drawing of Christmas at Mount Stewart in 1856.