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Mottisfont

Originally a Priory, Mottisfont was converted into a house by William Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The building was extensively altered in the 1740s by an unidentified architect for Sir Richard Mill; it was sold in 1934 to a great-grandson of the 6th Duke of Bedford, Gilbert Russell, who – with his wife Maud – rearranged the interior, and commissioned a series of trompe-l’oeil murals from Rex Whistler in 1938-9. Whistler’s murals imitate Gothic plasterwork and can be seen in the drawing room. There is also a groin-vaulted medieval cellarium.

Visitor Information

Address:
near Romsey,
Hampshire,
England,
SO51 0LP

Telephone: 01794 340757

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont

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Mottisfont, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)

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Mottisfont’s story is told through the people who have lived here for 800 years, from the 13th century Augustinian Canons to the sparkling 20th century society hostess Maud Russell. Maud Russell was passionate about art; she commissioned many pieces for her homes. When she moved out most of the art and furniture she had at Mottisfont was sold; the rooms are now furnished with antique pieces similar to those she owned. Her main legacy is the elegant drawing room featuring Rex Whistler's tromp-l'oeil murals. Mottisfont also displays a significant part of Derek Hill’s collection of early 20th century artwork.

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