Enjoy a 1930s house party
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An enviable art collection
Upton House gave Lord Bearsted a home for his growing art collection.
One of the finest private art collections in England, Lord Bearsted hung his paintings in schools throughout the house. Dutch paintings in the Long Gallery, as well as Canaletto, pictured here, Stubbs in the Dining Room and the Old Masters in the Picture Gallery.
Viscount Bearsted shared his father's love of porcelain. The collection of 18th-century European porcelain includes examples from most leading English factories, notably an unrivalled group of Chelsea figures displayed in the Long Gallery on the ground floor. The French porcelain, displayed downstairs in the Porcelain Lobby, features Sèvres tableware including pieces made for Catherine the Great of Russia, King Louis XVI and for Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV.
Though best known for his peerless depictions of specimen horses George Stubbs ARA (1724-1806) also painted vernacular scenes of rural life, of which Upton has three examples.
The paintings doubtless appealed to Lord Bearsted because, like most of the items in his collection, they contain human interest. All three scenes, portrayed with realism rather than sentimentality and evidently the result of careful observation, can be found in the Dining Room.