Members Visits 2022

2022 Autumn Visits
(Members Only)
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Waddesdon Manor and Ascott House

Tuesday, 6th September                                                                              £50
 (Reduced price for National Trust and Historic House members)
The visit will provide an opportunity to view a number of sporting paintings collected during the late 19th century by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) and his sister Alice de Rothschild (1847-1922). While Waddesdon is most famous for its   collection of 18th century British portraits and 17th century Dutch Old masters, it holds a fascinating, if lesser-known collection of sporting art. New research (by Tim Cox and Karen Hladik) has identified one of the earliest portraits of a racehorse, by Jan Wyck, and illuminated its wider context. There are several works by the Sartorius family of artists, and this visit will allow members to consider how these and other horse paintings were (and are ) deployed at Waddesdon. Both Ferdinand and Alice were keen riders and participated in country pursuits; Ferdinand claimed to have discovered the site upon which Waddesdon is built whilst out hunting. Ferdinand and Alice also maintained an impressive stable complex which survives today. In the centre is an equestrian statue of Ferdinand's much -cherished horse, Gorse, by the sculptor Edgar Boehm. Members will be offered exclusive access to the House       allowing close study of the works on display.
The Rothschild family were well known for having their houses within sight of each other, Ascott House to the east of Waddesdon was presented to the National Trust just over half a century ago together with its contents.  It contains a fine collection of antique furniture by Chippendale and an excellent collection of sporting paintings including one by Stubbs. 
Both houses are National Trust properties and Waddesdon is a Historic House so BSAT members who are members of either of these organisations will not have to pay for entrance but must show their cards. Art Pass holder and Historic House Members also get into Waddesdon Free
Kennel Club :  The Art of the Earl Family
 Thursday 8th September                                                                            £50
We will have a day’s visit to the Kennel Club in central London starting with a talk about this remarkable family who specialised in dog portraiture. There were 6 in the family including those from the Victorian era known for their work on dogs: brothers Thomas, William and George and half siblings Maud and Thomas Percy. The works of George’s grandson Jack Earl and great grand-daughter Maris Earl can also be seen. Visitors will have the opportunity to view this exhibition along with the Kennel Clubs large collection of canine art. There will also be a visit to the Kennel Club’s library, the largest canine library in the world.
We will then have lunch with refreshment in the dining room. This is a serious and typical London 'Club' which for those of you who are not familiar with the Club should consider the visit as a special day out in London. The collection is huge and contains some remarkable and famous pictures, many by well-known sporting artists, a veritable canine treasure trove.
Visit to Inwood House
28th September
Count Richard de Pelet has kindly invited us to visit his house in Somerset. This is a very special house which he inherited many years ago from ancestors who were passionately keen foxhunters and devoted much of their time to collecting items connected with fox hunting. The result of their hard labours is packed into the huge house and there is a large collection of pictures by well known artists as well as all sorts of hunting memorabilia.
The house is situated in a particularly beautiful part of England, home to the    Blackmore Vale hunt, so this may be an opportunity to stay in the area for a few days.
We will start with a picnic at 12.30 and visit the house afterwards at 2 pm followed by a traditional tea
Tickets £40 per person