Discover paintings at our places

We care for thousands of paintings at our places offering visitors some of the finest examples of art from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary showstoppers. Browse all our content about paintings, in one place.

A Modern Picture Gallery by William Frederick Witherington RA (1785-1865) at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire
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An introduction to Petworth House and Park

Petworth, West Sussex

Find out what Petworth House and Park has to offer from its extraordinary collection and 900 years of history to its atmospheric Servants' Quarters and the 700 acre Lancelot 'Capability' Brown landscaped Deer Park.

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Reading Red House

Red House, London

Christmas with a twist at Red House. See our traditional medieval decorations combined with an exploration into the world of medieval literature that inspired the Pre-Raphaelite artists to decorate Red House. Fri 8 Nov - Sun 15 Dec

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Exploring Queen Anne's Favourite in the Petworth House 'Beauties'

Petworth, West Sussex

You've seen Rachel Weisz's performance as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, now find out the truth about this enigmatic favourite of Queen Anne and her connection to Petworth.

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Uncovering a masterpiece

Buckland Abbey, Devon

Read more about the discovery and authentication of the Rembrandt self-portrait at Buckland Abbey.

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Active minds, active bodies at Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, Kent

Get out and about and try something different. Discover our activities for the body and mind, including bowls, walks and art workshops.

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Get creative in May at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Find out about a range of creative activities happening at Polesden Lacey throughout may. From photography to painting, brush up on a new creative skill and find inspiration for your next project.

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If walls could talk: the history of paint in our places

Past owners of country houses have had an enormous influence on historic interiors by indulging their passion for the latest fashion or covering an existing decorative scheme because it was too garish for their taste. Paintings Conservation Adviser Christine Sitwell takes a look at four different National Trust places to tell the story of wall paint through the ages.

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New beginnings: The story of the National Trust at Mompesson House

Mompesson House, Wiltshire

Find out how the National Trust redecorated and furnished Mompesson before opening the house to visitors in 1977.

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Get creative with us

Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

Join us in June and July and challenge yourself to a new hobby

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Our latest acquisitions

The collections at our places are always growing as additional items come into our care. See what new treasures are on display near you.

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En Plein Air at Red House

Red House, London

Pick up your easel and paints and head over to Red House for a day of outdoor painting in the garden.

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Boat House Gallery: Riverlands by Jane Lewis RWS

Flatford, Suffolk

We are delighted to kick off the 2019 season of exhibitions with the refreshing watercolours by Jane Lewis RWS.

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Who was the Winter Queen?

Ashdown, Berkshire

Who was the Winter Queen and why was she so important to Ashdown House?

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The art of the triptych at our places

A triptych is a work of art divided into three sections. These three-fold objects range from monumental altarpieces to private devotional objects. From Bosch to the Pre-Raphaelites, discover the beautiful examples on show at our places.

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Art in Sussex this autumn

From contemporary art at Standen, to figurative painting at Nymans and a new group of paintings at Petworth. Take inspiration from art at these special places in Sussex this autumn.

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Parterre side elevation repairs at Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

As you visit over the next few weeks you may notice that the Hall will be getting a bit of a face-lift

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Bishop Burnets Portrait

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

In a dominant position over the stairs hangs Bishop Burnet’s portrait, by Godfrey Kneller, the leading portrait painter in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

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An amibitious lawyer - a portrait of Edward Phelips

Montacute House, Somerset

Looking at this picture, I can’t help but wonder about the man whose ambition led to the magnificent and beautiful building in which his likeness still hangs.