Painting Collection

The origins of the collection lay in the possessions of Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, and Duchess of Aubigny in France, to whom some of the paintings originally belonged. Louise was the favourite mistress of King Charles II from 1670 until his death in 1685; the 1st Duke of Richmond was their natural son.

There is a wide range of works from the Stuart period, with court paintings by Van Dyck. There is a particularly fine painting by Lely of the King's favourite sister, Henrietta, Duchess of Orléans and works by interesting French artists, patronised by Louise.

 

Of the many types of work in the Goodwood picture collection, portraits are especially in evidence. These are usually of the family or of the related Royal family.

Among the artists who work that can be found at Goodwood House are: Van Dyck, Canaletto, Reynolds, Romney, Stubbs, Lely and the brothers, John and George Smith of Chichester.

 

The 3rd Duke of Richmond commissioned an artist who would become England's most famous painter of horses: George Stubbs. Three of the four works by him which hang here were actually painted at Goodwood. The 3rd Duke had portraits painted by Grand Tour artists Batoni and Mengs, as well as by true and celebrated english artists, Reynolds and Romney. He also bought marine paintings of sea battles and classical landscapes. There are some especially fine views by the Smiths of Chichester.

We welcome visits from interested art history students. We field various historical enquiries from Open Day visitors, as well as questions about iconography in subject pictures. It is also interesting to look at the portraits from a fashion angle, or to talk with our Guides about the sitter. There is no limit to the range of historical and artistic interests that can be fuelled by a visit to Goodwood.