Charles Darwent on visual Houghton Revisited: There’s much to learn by taking a dim view of art – some nice background information on the exhibition Houghton Revisited (runs through September 29). In 1779 Robert Walpole’s, Houghton’s builder, descendant, George, 3rd Earl of Orford, was debt ridden and mad. He sold Houghton’s art collection to Catherine the Great and the works remained in Russia until the Soviet sale in 1928.
This exhibition has brought to Houghton Hall more than 60 paintings from the original collection. In addition, the exhibit has been lit to replicate candle light … so you can view the works just as its original owner would have.