National Trust Prized Possessions

David Taylor, Curator of Pictures & Sculpture at the National Trust joins us to talk about Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses  

Wednesday, 12th December, in The Ox Barn 

10.30am Tea and Coffee; 11.00am Talk and discussion; 12.30pm Lunch 

2.30pm Finish 

£24.95 per person includes lunch 

All tickets must be purchased ahead of the event.  

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear David Taylor Curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust, talk about the milestone exhibition –   Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses – the first exhibition of National Trust pictures for twenty-two years.  

 The exhibition celebrates the enduring taste for Dutch Golden Age pictures with British patrons and collectors, from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, as exemplified by collections in the care of the National Trust. 

Prized Possessions explores what made Dutch art so sought-after among country house owners. The artists flourishing in seventeenth-century Holland mastered many painting genres, from portraits, still lives and landscapes, to religious, maritime, and subject pictures, and the quality of their work attracted patrons and collectors from across Europe. Paintings in the exhibition have been chosen from twelve National Trust houses, ranging from Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire to Blickling Hall in Norfolk, Dunham Massey in Cheshire and Castle Ward in County Down. They include luminous landscapes by Cuyp and Hobbema, intimate scenes of everyday life by Metsu and De Hooch and the recently rediscovered self-portrait of Rembrandt from Buckland Abbey. 

The National Trust owns some of the finest paintings in Britain by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Normally seen in the rooms of country houses, the best of these seventeenth-century paintings have been assembled together for this unique exhibition.  

David has been Curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust since 2012, before that he was Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland where he curated the 16th and 17th-century collection at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  

David specialises in early modern British portraiture and has curated exhibitions on that subject, as well as on the Enlightenment, Rembrandt and Stanley Spencer (which he co-curated with Amanda Bradley). 

The exhibition opened at the Holburne in Bath and then relocates to the Mauritshuis in The Hague in October and then returns to England to Petworth, West Sussex in January.   

Through talking about the Dutch exhibition, David will include conservation, the joy of a major discovery and much about his work with the National Trust.   

We feel incredibly honoured to have David join us here at The Ox, and recommend that you book early should you wish to attend, in order to avoid disappointment.