Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Sketching Montacute

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),
Viscount Falkland.
Portrait at Montacute.
Image National Trust

More sketching from the comfort of my studio


  1. wow looks good

  2. thank you, who ever you are....

  3. Hello Sophie,

    I noticed that you are following our Montacute House blog, we are now following you too, we love your work, particularly the Elizabeth 1st sketch! We hope to set up a creative hub in the house in the next few years, for people just like you who are inspired by the house and gardens, so keep checking out the blog, and the facebook page, for updates, could be a good opportunity to exhibit.

    Many thanks for your mention of the property
    House intern

  4. Thank you Hannah, how fabulous to hear from Montactute House itself! The creative hub idea sounds wonderful, it is so easy to be inspired by Montacute House.


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