England’s Greatest Sporting Estate and the Dukes of Richmond
Famous throughout the world as England’s greatest sporting estate, and known for its great Regency state apartments and resplendent art collection, Goodwood has been the home of the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years. The 1st Duke of Richmond, an illegitimate son of King Charles II, first visited Goodwood to enjoy foxhunting and then purchased the original house for his hunting lodge in 1697. Indeed, sport has been intertwined with the family life on the estate ever since. From foxhunting to cricket, shooting to horseracing, and golf to motorsport, each duke’s passion was practiced on the estate. In addition to its impressive sporting history, Goodwood boasts one of the greatest family art collections in any English country house. Guests of the ducal family would be surrounded by superb English and French furniture, celebrated paintings by Stubbs, Lawrence, and Canaletto, magnificent 18th century Sèvres porcelain, Gobelins tapestries and more.
Curator of Goodwood, James Peill, will take us on a historic journey of Goodwood starting in the late 17th century with the escapades of the 1st Duke of Richmond, through today (with interludes in Brussels and Scotland). He will chart the ups and downs of a great English aristocratic family, their house, and the sports they loved, with insight as to how they responded to challenges over the centuries. He will also talk about the Goodwood sporting tradition that continues today with the annual “Glorious Goodwood” raceweek, as well as the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, motorsport events that attract a world-wide following.
Thank you to our co-sponsor: Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)