Friends excursion: Southill Park, Bedfordshire
Southill has been the private home of the Whitbread family of brewers for over 200 years. Join this private tour of their house, rarely open to the public, to view their fine art collection with the current owner, Mr Charles Whitbread, and archivist James Collet-White
In 1750, Samuel Whitbread created the first purpose-built mass-production brewery in the UK, on Chiswell Street on the eastern edge of Georgian London. Over the following years, Whitbread became a household name.
We are privileged to be offered this private tour of the Whitbread family home, which is very rarely open to the public. The rooms show a collaboration between Samuel Whitbread II (1764-1815) and architect, Henry Holland (1745-1806). Most of the furniture that Holland designed for the rooms is still in place and dates from 1790-1815, as do all the paintings. The collection includes works by several Royal Academicians including Thomas Gainsborough RA, Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA, John Opie RA and John Hoppner RA. Following the tour we’ll enjoy afternoon tea and have time to explore the gardens.
● Fully booked
Thursday 7 June 2018
12.30 — 7.30pm
Southill Park, Bedfordshire
£70. Includes coach travel, tea, coffee and cake.