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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

Discover how the family made their fortune in the Squash Court Gallery exhibition Shell and the Art of Advertising.

Stepping inside the house you'll find yourself surrounded by Lord Bearsted’s internationally important art and porcelain collections, with works by artists such as Canaletto, Stubbs and Hogarth. Delve deeper and you’ll discover what life was like at Upton in 1938 – read about Lord Bearsted’s passion for art as well as his support for the local community and Jewish causes in Europe.

Lady Bearsted was passionate about developing the gardens with designer Kitty Lloyd Jones. The sweeping lawn gives way to a series of terraces and herbaceous borders leading to a mirror pool.  There is a kitchen garden, a tranquil bog garden, spring bulb displays and National Collection of Aster, flowering in late September.

Shell and the Art of Advertising

An iconic poster from the exhibition

An iconic poster from the exhibition

Exhibition throughout 2014

Under the chairmanship of Viscount Bearsted, Upton's owner, Shell Oil engaged contemporary artists such as Graham Sutherland and John Piper in the 1930s to create some of the most distinctive advertising material of the century – especially posters. Come and see original examples of their work and gain a fascinating insight into Viscount Bearsted, both as a businessman and philanthropist.

Saxophone concert and dinner

Friday 5 September

Enjoy an evening with award winning saxophonist, Anthony Brown. Drinks on the terrace from 6.30pm, performance starts at 7pm, followed by dinner (optional).

Call the box office on 0844 249 1895 or click the link below.

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