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'Nature Revisited'

4th August – 13th October 2014

Over the past three centuries, The Dukes of Richmond have been fascinated by natural history. This year the summer exhibition, 'Nature Revisited' will explore this family interest and the legacy that we enjoy at Goodwood to this day.

A unique collection of paintings and stories are revealed in the State Apartments of Goodwood House.

Opening times are 1.00 - 5.00 pm  for all open days. We can take groups on a Monday morning at any time. 

Ticket prices are just £9.50 for adults, 12 - 18 year olds £4 and under 12’s free.

Afternoon Tea

Teas are served in the magnificent Regency Ballroom, open from 2pm – 4.30pm on Open Days for visitors taking a tour of the House. Last entry for teas is 4.15pm.

From 6th April 2014, you can enjoy a luxury afternoon tea; a decadent treat of tea or coffee served with a home-made Goodwood House scone, Rhodda clotted cream and strawberry jam along with a selection of finger sandwiches and pastries.

For further information and booking details, please see Prices|.

Nature Revisited

Several generations of Dukes of Richmond have been interested in natural history and the summer exhibition will tell the story of their passion for the natural world. The second Duke of Richmond had a menagerie at Goodwood where he kept a lioness, tigers, bears, monkeys, eagles and ostriches. A statue of a lioness standing at the top of the garden commemorates one of his animals. His wife, the Duchess of Richmond, collected shells from Jamaica and Barbados that were later incorporated into the jewel-like Shell House.

Sèvres porcelain

The second Duke loved gardening and was a subscriber to Mark Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, one of the most influential gardening books of the eighteenth century, a copy of which is in the Goodwood library. George Edwards dedicated the French edition of his publication A Natural History of Uncommon Birds to the Duke and Duchess and included some of the Duke’s birds in it. Edwards’ books were taken to Paris by the third Duke of Richmond when he was ambassador and artists from the Sèvres porcelain factory copied the birds onto the celebrated coffee, tea and desert service that the Duke commissioned.

Cedars of Lebanon

The second Duke of Richmond planted many trees at Goodwood such as the cork oaks near the house. A magnificent Magnolia Grandiflora standing by the Orangery may well have been planted by him. Like his father, the third Duke loved planting trees. In 1761, he planted 1,000 Cedars of Lebanon and Goodwood became famous for its cedars, especially in the nineteenth century. A handful of magnificent cedars survive to this day and are one of the glories of Goodwood.

The summer exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to view some of these books and see at first hand some of the trees planted over 250 years ago in a guided tour, taking in the stone lioness in the private gardens.

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