|Anne of Denmark by unknown Artist, c 1628-1644|
Last weekend I paid a visit to Montactute House in Somerset, an amazing Elizabethan country house, built in 1598-1601 and the oldest property taken up by the National Trust in 1927. Since 1975 the National Portrait Gallery has a permanent exhibition of Tudor portraits on display in and around the brilliantly kept 'Long Gallery' on the second floor.
The house is a fabulous example of Tudor architecture and has many similarities with Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire (why did I never visited it while I was living up north remains a mystery). I spent a day at Montacute thoroughly enjoying myself, sketching and studying the paintings and completely missing the glorious weather outside.
|Cornelis Janssen/Johnson (1593-1661),|
Portrait at Montacute.
Image National Trust