The White and Gold Room and the White Library at Petworth
Petworth House is still home to descendants of the same family that moved here in the 1500s. The grand spaces that visitors can see on their visit were never intended for everyday living so inside you'll find few domestic furniture arrangements. The more obviously lived-in part of the house is where today, Lord and Lady Egremont continue a tradition of unbroken occupancy.
However, on Monday afternoons from 1pm through the main season, excluding Bank Holidays, by the kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont, we open two rooms from their private apartments for visitors to see.
On your visit you can see the White and Gold Room with its mid-18th century decoration. The room is perhaps the nearest approach in this country to the full-blown French Rococo style of Pineau and Oppenord, two of the leading exponents of the style.
Of particular note are the four Van Dyck portraits of English Countesses, thought to be among his best works.
The room was frequently depicted by J. M. W. Turner during his regular stays as a guest of the 3rd Earl and still remains the principal drawing room of the family.
The White Library has been the heart of the home since its construction in the 1770s. Originally, the room was called the King of Spain's Bedchamber, so called after Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and titular King of Spain, stayed in this room during a visit to Petworth in 1703.
The room was converted into a library in 1774, moving the Petworth State Bed upstairs. Retaining its grand and intimate feel today, the room is regularly used by Lord and Lady Egremont and their guests.
On your visit look out for J. M. W. Turner's Dewy Morning, painted in 1810, Turner's first commission from the 3rd Earl of Egremont.