Work in Progress: Restoring ‘Petworth’s Beauties’

See two recently restored ‘Beauties’ portraits for the first time at Petworth

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

This summer, Petworth is exhibiting two recently restored ‘Beauties’ portraits for the first time on site since they were returned to their original full-length size. Painted by the seventeenth-century artist Michael Dahl, these portraits of Rachel Russell, Duchess of Devonshire, and Mary Somerset, Duchess of Ormonde, are considered to be some of his finest works.

This work-in-progress display spotlights the extensive conservation work that has been undertaken to restore these two works to their former full-length glory. You can see the two restored paintings in the Exhibition Room at Petworth. Conservation of the Petworth ‘Beauties’ was funded by the National Trust with generous support from Philip Mould & Company.

Saturday 11 June – Sunday 30 October, 10:30am-4pm.

Free display, normal admission applies (free for National Trust members).

Prices

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

Prices

Petworth House and Park
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £17.60 £16.00
Child £8.80 £8.00
Family £44.00 £40.00
Family one adult £26.40 £24.00

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...

Free entry for National Trust members. 

Main Car Park:

Members: Free Parking - scan membership cards on car park machine

Non-Members: £4 - This can be paid by cash at the pay machines, by card at visitor reception or using a PayByPhone contactless service (Location Number 803377)

North Car Park:

Members: Free Parking - scan membership cards on car park machine

Non-Members: £3 - This can be paid by cash at pay machines or using PayByPhone contactless service available (Location Number 803378)

The basics

Meeting point
The two portraits will be in the Exhibition Room located in the Servants' Quarters
Accessibility
The Exhibition Room is on the ground floor

Contact Info

Name
Petworth Property Office
Email
petworth@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01798 342207

Upcoming events

Work in Progress: Restoring ‘Petworth’s Beauties’

Sun 26 Jun 2022
10:30-16:00
See two recently restored ‘Beauties’ portraits for the first time at Petworth

Petworth Late: Turner Art Escape

Fri 01 Jul 2022
18:30-20:30
Experience the incredible work of landscape painter J.M.W. Turner during this late opening at Petworth House.

Drawing and Painting Trees in Petworth Park

Sat 02 Jul 2022
10:30-15:30
Spend a day drawing and using watercolours inspired by the magnificent trees in Petworth Park.

Watercolour Landscape Painting in the Park

Wed 13 Jul 2022
10:30-13:30
Celebrate the great outdoors with a watercolour landscape class in Petworth Park. We will be learning in the landscape to create a seasonal Plein air painting, drawing inspiration from the light and its changing, ephemeral qualities.

Petworth Late: The House of Art

Fri 22 Jul 2022
18:30-20:30
Experience a magical evening atmosphere of art and culture at the National Trust’s Petworth House during these late openings. Friday 22 July & 5 August, 6:30-8:30pm.

Garden Games at Petworth

Sat 23 Jul 2022
10:00-17:00
Head to the garden and have family fun with summer games