In my previous post I featured a major painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger which we are trying to purchase for Nostell Priory. One of the reasons we want to keep the painting at Nostell is that it has a long connection to the house, which gives it added meaning and value.
Nostell is one of the treasure houses of Yorkshire. It was decorated by Robert Adam, and Thomas Chippendale supplied much of the furniture.
But there is also an extraordinary collection of paintings at Nostell, evidence of the collecting of several generations of the Winn family.
Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Baronet, not only commissioned Adam and Chippendale, but was also an avid collector of paintings.
All the building and collecting rather overstretched Sir Rowland’s finances, but by the time his grandson Charles Winn inherited Nostell in 1805 the family fortune had been sufficiently restored to allow for further acquisitions.
Charles Winn was a scholar with an interest in antiquities and old master paintings. The National Trust recently purchased an Adoration of the Magi by the early sixteenth century German painter known as the Master of St Severin, which was originally brought to Nostell by Charles Winn.
Even in the twentieth century the Winn family was still collecting. Angelica Kauffman’s wonderful self-portrait hesitating between Music and Painging was bought for Nostell by the 2nd Lord St Oswald in 1908.
There is a connection between Kauffman and Nostell through her husband Antonio Zucchi, who was commissioned by Adam to produce decorative paintings for various rooms in the house.
The Brueghel we are trying to acquire is an important part of this extraordinarily rich mixture of architecture, art and design. Please support the campaign to keep it at Nostell.