Famous throughout the world as England’s greatest sporting estate, Goodwood has been the home of the Dukes of Richmond for over three hundred years. Each of the sports at Goodwood stems from a personal passion of one of the dukes. The summer exhibition, taking place from August to October, tells the story of Goodwood and the Dukes of Richmond, from the seventeenth century through to the present day. The exhibition complemented the publication of Glorious Goodwood: A Biography of England’s Greatest Sporting Estate by Goodwood curator, James Peill.
Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond (1701-1750) was a true Renaissance man. His interests ranged from art and architecture to gardening and natural history. He loved sport, in particular hunting and cricket, and was devoted to his family. The summer exhibition will explore his relatively short but fruitful life.
The Charlton Hunt was the earliest recorded fox hunt in the world and its fame drew the elite of society, including the Dukes of Monmouth, St. Albans and Richmond, the dashing illegitimate sons of King Charles II. The exhibition explores the history of the hunt which was synonymous with some of the best sport in the country.
On 15th June 1815, the Duchess of Richmond hosted a ball at her home in Brussels. The arrival of a messenger half-way through set in train a sequence of events that would culminate in the Battle of Waterloo three days later, thus making the ball arguably the most famous in history. This exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the ball.
This exhibition explores Goodwood’s French heritage. The 1st Duke of Richmond was the illegitimate son of King Charles II and his French mistress Louise de Keroualle (1649-1734). Louise was a young French aristocrat, the daughter of the Comte and Comtesse de Penancoët de Keroualle from Brittany.
The history of Goodwood and the Dukes of Richmond is inexorably linked with horses. The first Duke of Richmond originally came to Goodwood to enjoy the foxhunting with the Charlton Hunt, then the most fashionable hunt in the country.