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Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall was begun in 1758 for Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Baron Scarsdale. Having tried out a succession of architects, Curzon finally settled on Robert Adam. Drawing on the monuments of ancient Rome and the designs of the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, Adam set out to build a house that would rival Chatsworth. Adam supervised almost every detail of the decoration and the fittings of the interior, from the plasterwork ceilings to the door handles. The result is one of the masterpieces of mid-18th-century English architecture. Upon entering the house, the marble hall was meant to overawe and to establish a sense of Roman grandeur. Dominating the room are twenty alabaster capitals of the Corinthian order. George Richardson devised a scheme of soft pinks and greens for the ceiling which was plastered by Joseph Rose’s craftsmen with panels of military trophies and arabesques.

Visitor Information

Address:
near Quarndon,
Derby,
Derbyshire,
England,
DE22 5JH

Telephone: 01332 842191

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston-hall

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Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)

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Here at Kedleston Hall, visitors today are able to experience that rarest of creatures; a private palace of the 18th century in near complete and pristine condition designed by the architect Robert Adam. The National Trust acquired the state rooms virtually complete with collections made and acquired in the 18th century by the first Lord Scarsdale. Highlights of the collection include: • A magnificent collection of furniture by Robert Adam and John Linnell; of family portraits and Old Master paintings and of all the furnishings of a parade of state rooms of the mid 18th century. • Lord Curzon’s collection of Eastern artefacts and Lady Curzon’s stunning peacock dress designed by the House of Worth. • Roughly 1400 books in the library. Rich in both English and Continental printing, including novels, a couple of incunables (one illuminated) and a magnificent collection of architectural books. • A large number of later nineteenth and early twentieth-century books, which form at least part of the working collection of George Nathanial Curzon. • An extensive collection of the architectural drawings for Kedleston by Robert Adam. When viewing the whole collection, please note that books are grouped together on pages 1-2 (if viewing 20 objects per page).

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