Paintings of our places

We look after many thousands of landscape paintings shown across over 200 historic houses. Some of these paintings are works of the imagination, or ‘ideal’ landscapes; others are descriptive or ‘actual’ landscapes. Within this latter category, we have nearly 400 landscapes that depict specific places in our care.

Gabriella de la Rosa, Lead Editor of Curatorial Content Online, presents a selection of these, ranging from aerial views of the country house to romanticised depictions of nature and architecture.

Gabriella de la Rosa, Lead Editor, Curatorial Content Online Gabriella de la Rosa Lead Editor, Curatorial Content Online

Turner and the Lakes

Brackenthwaite painting by Turner

Crummock Water, Looking towards Buttermere, 1797 ©Tate, London 2019

This study of Crummock Water was drawn by JMW Turner (1775-1851) on his first visit to the Lake District in 1797 and was the basis for an oil painting he later exhibited at the Royal Academy. This view can be seen when standing on Brackenthwaite Hows, a popular stop with Lake District tourists in the Georgian and Victorian eras. We have recently acquired Brackenthwaite.

Brackenthwaite view like Turner's painting

Brackenthwaite pictured today

Brackenthwaite Hows is one of the most breathtaking areas in the Lake District, renowned for its bluebells, wildlife and history. Now that the National Trust has acquired it, we'll ensure its beauty – captured by Turner over 200 years ago – is preserved and maintained. We'll improve access while working hard to support this area of high cultural and ecological importance.

More paintings of our places
A Bird’s-eye View of Charlecote Park, Warwickshire from the West British (English) school, c. 1696 -1700

A Bird's-eye View of Charlecote Park 

This bird’s-eye view of the Lucy family home shows the vast countryside surrounding Charlecote Park and is an interesting example of estate portraiture.

A Bird's-eye View of Dunham Massey from the South-east by John Harris II, 1750

A Bird's-eye View of Dunham Massey by John Harris II 

The home of the Earls of Stamford is one of the best-recorded estates in painting. This particular view of Dunham Massey from the South-east is one of four by John Harris II.

Chirk Castle from the North, painting by Pieter Tillemans

Chirk Castle from the North by Pieter Tillemans 

This painting by the Flemish artist Pieter Tillemans shows the iconic front view of Chirk Castle as seen from the Berwyn Hills.

Lacock Abbey from the West, stormy wartime painting by John Piper

Lacock Abbey by John Piper 

John Piper, official war artist during World War II, painted this impressionistic view of Lacock Abbey in March 1942.

Petworth House from the Lake: Dewy Morning, painting by JMW Turner, c. 1810

Petworth House from the Lake by JMW Turner 

In the decades after Turner painted this view of Petworth he would be received at the house as a guest of the Earl of Egremont and be given his own studio.