Lanhydrock, the seat of the Robartes family for almost three hundred and fifty years and beautifully situated on the slopes of its park, in the valley of the River Fowey, was given to the National Trust by Gerald (1883–1966), 7th Viscount Clifden in 1953. It is deceptively only half the original seventeenth-century building, as a fire of 1881 caused new redevelopment in the high-Victorian style. Many of the family portraits in the surviving Long Gallery are overshadowed by the Genesis narrative of the 24 reliefs in the plaster ceiling. The best of the Victorian introductions are: 'The Four Eldest Agar-Robartes Children' by Anna Lea Merritt (1844–1930), painter one of the most celebrated pictures of the late Victorian period, 'Love Locked Out' (at the Tate Britain); 'Girl with a Violin' by Henry Harewood Robinson (1884–1896) and the 'Virgin and Child' by the belated pre-Raphaelite follower, John Melhuish Strudwick (1849–1937).
National Trust, Lanhydrock
Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5AD England
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23 February 2020
Thursday Throwback: The family had their own swimming pool. This is now a wildlife haven for frogs, newts and other pond life. Your challenge this half term. Discover the pond and see how many different creatures you can spot #thursdaythrowback #lanhydrock #halfterm #pondlife https://t.co/B8EOokwYt2