A rare chance to visit stately home

Knowsley Hall
Knowsley Hall
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One of the region’s grandest stately homes is preparing to open its doors to the public for its annual open week from September 21 to 25.

Lord and Lady Derby are inviting the public into their home next month. The Hall, with its displays of paintings and portraits, furniture and sculpture, dates back to 1495 and the early Tudor period.

It also boats splendid Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian interiors.

There will be a special exhibition in the Music Room, showing some of the most beautiful landscape paintings from the Derby Collection, pictures that are not usually on show. The fine works on display are by a range of Netherlandish, French and Italian Old Masters from the seventeenth century: Anthonie Delorme, Pieter Mulier and Gaspard Dughet.

Also to be exhibited will be a choice group of landscapes by British artists such as Daniel Turner, George Chinnery and Charles Towne, who spent much of his career in Liverpool.

Dr Stephen Lloyd, curator of the Derby Collection, said: “Members of the public can tour the Hall for one week a year, and this autumn they have the opportunity to view some of the most exquisite Continental and English landscapes, including an eclectic group of scenes ranging from Rome and Rotterdam to Macao and the Cheshire countryside.

“This is a special opportunity for interested visitors and art-lovers, both local and from further afield, to tour and enjoy one of Merseyside’s most historic country houses, and we are delighted to welcome everyone here again autumn.”

Tickets are priced at £12, advance booking is required via www.knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk