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Join the guests of Lord and Lady Bearsted for a weekend in the country and discover more about the life of a 1930s millionaire
Surrounded by internationally important art and porcelain collections, hear and discover more about family life and soak up the atmosphere of the party. See the newly refurbished sports changing room and boot room open for the first time. Get close to artworks by Canaletto, Stubbs and Hogarth as you explore the house.
The stunning gardens have a sweeping lawn that gives way to a series of terraces and herbaceous borders, leading to a kitchen garden and the National Collection of Aster, flowering in late September. Kitty’s Walk talks a tour of the gardens structure where you can find out more about the influence of the garden designer Kitty Lloyd Jones.
The Squash Court Gallery hosts changing exhibitions, until 9 April 2014, Upton presents From Lowry to Piper: Celebrating Modern British Artists.
Celebrating modern British artists.
Upton's new exhibition in the Squash Court Gallery features works on loan from the Arts Council of eight 20th century artists.
Lord Bearsted was not only a prolific collector of art, he also encouraged the young artists of his time. The exhibition echoes one held at the Whitechapel Gallery in the 1950s when Viscount Bearsted, owner of Upton, was its chairman.
Come and enjoy Upton from 11am to 5pm (house and exhibition 1pm to 5pm) every day except Thursdays
The Picture Gallery is also fully open following the replacement of the roof light, so after a year in storage your favourite old masters are back on display - and some are displaying their fascinating backs.
The panel behind a painting is itself a canvas on which is written a coded history, waiting to be interpreted. Owners' marks, gallery labels, conservators' notes all help to navigate through the fascinating life of the art work.