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Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall was built from 1758 by Sir Nathaniel Curzon, later the 1st Baron Scarsdale (1726-1804). Having commissioned designs from the Palladian architects James Paine and Matthew Brettingham, Curzon abandoned both in favour of a new scheme by a then relatively unknown neoclassical architect, Robert Adam. Adam’s plans drew on the great monuments and villas of ancient Rome to create a house to rival Chatsworth. He designed almost every detail of the decoration and furnishing of its interiors, from the plasterwork ceilings to the door handles. The result a masterpiece of mid-18th-century English architecture as well as a statement of power. Upon entering the house, the marble hall was designed to overawe and to establish a sense of Roman grandeur. Dominating the room are twenty alabaster capitals of the Corinthian order. Adam’s assistant George Richardson later devised a scheme of pastel pinks and greens for the ceiling which was plastered by Joseph Rose’s craftsmen with panels of military trophies and arabesques. In 1927 George, Lord Curzon, converted part of the ground floor Tetrastyle Hall into a purpose-built museum. The collection displayed within was amassed by him during colonial explorations of the Middle East and Asia and while serving as Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905.

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)

This collection has 9,287 items online

From 1766 Mrs Garnett, Kedleston’s housekeeper from 1766 to 1809, guided privileged visitors around the house. Today, everyone is able to experience this ‘temple to the arts’. Painstaking conservation work to the opulent rooms used for entertaining and display has ensured that visitors can experience the house as Lord Scarsdale and Adam originally intended. Highlights of the collection include: • A magnificent collection of furniture, including pieces designed by Robert Adam and John Linnell • Family portraits, and Old Master pictures , including works by Luca Giordano, Benedetto Lutti and Aelbert Cuyp • Neoclassical metalwork by Diederich Nicholas Anderson • Lord Curzon’s collection of Middle Eastern and Asian artefacts amassed through travel and colonial administration • Lady Curzon’s stunning peacock dress of Indian Zardozi fabric produced by unknown Indian craftsmen, made into a gown by the Parisian House of Worth and worn at the 1903 Delhi Durbar • Library books including both English and Continental printing, a couple of incunables (one illuminated) and a superb collection of architectural books • A collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books, which form at least part of Lord Curzon’s working library • An extensive collection of original architectural drawings for Kedleston by Robert Adam

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