The White and Gold Room and the White Library at Petworth

A view of the white and gold room

From Monday 9 May, these rooms will be open to visit on Mondays only (not including Bank Holidays) from 1:45pm – 4:30pm. The last day of opening for 2022 is Monday 24 October. 

White and Gold Room

This room features mid-18th century decoration, and four Van Dyck portraits of English Countesses, thought to be among his best works, can be seen. 

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

This room 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.

Look out for J. M. W. Turner's Dewy Morning, painted in 1810, Turner's first commission from the 3rd Earl of Egremont.