Madame de Pompadour in the Frame

This exhibition will shine a spotlight on how technology is being used to enhance our understanding of art history, enabling masterpieces which have been victims of circumstance or history to be seen as they were once intended.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

François Boucher’s famous portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1756) is today one of the most prized paintings on display at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich (on permanent loan from the HypoVereinsbank, Member of UniCredit), yet this monumental portrait was once owned by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild.

When he died, Ferdinand bequeathed the painting to his brother Nathaniel, but while the canvas eventually found its way to Germany, the 18th-century frame was retained and ended up at Waddesdon Manor.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Waddesdon Manor

Prices

Grounds - Wed-Sun, 27 Mar-27 Oct 2019
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.10 £11.00
Child £6.05 £5.50
Family £30.25 £27.50
House and grounds, Wed-Sun, 27 Mar-27 Oct 2019
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £23.10 £21.00
Child £12.65 £11.50
Family £58.85 £53.50
Summer Fest Advance, 6 & 7 July 2019
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £14.00
Child N/A £7.00
Family N/A £35.00
Summer Fest On the Day, 6 & 7 July 2019
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £16.00
Child N/A £8.00
Family N/A £40.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

TICKETS: Grounds ticket required to visit the House. Entry via timed ticket (inc National Trust members).  TO BOOK: In advance online for free at waddesdon.org.uk or call 01296 820414 (£3 booking fee). USEFUL INFO: Advance house tickets booking essential at weekends and public/school holidays and Christmas. SUMMER FEST WEEKEND: on 6 & 7 July 2019 there will be an additional charge for all, including National Trust members - in advance Adult: £3, Child: £1.50, Family: £7.50 and on the day Adult: £5, Child: £2.50, Family: 12.50 (please see pricing grid for total charge - booking available from late Feb 2019).  AT CHRISTMAS: Addtional charges apply for all visitors, including National Trust, Art Fund and RHS members - these will be displayed later in the year.    ACCESSIBILITY: Accompanying carers receive free entry to house and grounds.    

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Other
Now, thanks to a collaboration with Factum Foundation, specialists in high-resolution digital scanning technology, and with the support of the Alte Pinakothek, this new exhibition will recreate the masterpiece as it would have been known in the 19th century by Baron Ferdinand. In a marriage of traditional conservation and restoration techniques with the most advanced 3D digital reproduction technology, it will place a facsimile of the portrait back in Baron Ferdinand’s frame, which has been conserved especially for the show.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
22 September 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
25 September 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
26 September 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
27 September 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
28 September 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
29 September 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
2 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
3 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
4 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
5 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
6 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
9 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
10 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
11 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
12 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
13 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
16 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
17 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
18 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available
19 October 2019 12:00 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Box office
Email
boxoffice@waddesdon.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01296 820414

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Sun 22 Sep 2019
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This exhibition will shine a spotlight on how technology is being used to enhance our understanding of art history, enabling masterpieces which have been victims of circumstance or history to be seen as they were once intended.

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