Knole: A Private View into One of Britain’s Great Houses

The Sackvilles have inhabited Knole, one of Britain’s greatest houses, for more than 400 years.

In his talk, Robert Sackville-West, the 13th generation of the family to live at Knole, will take Royal Oak members on a personal tour of this “calendar house,” with its legendary 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances, and seven courtyards.

Lord Sackville will illustrate the smoldering spirit of Knole, from the state rooms—with the finest collection of 17thc. Royal Stuart furniture in the world and outstanding tapestries—to the private apartments filled with portraits by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Sir Peter Lely, and Reynolds. He will include a trip behind-the-scenes into the labyrinth of cellars and show attics filled with family mementos.

He will describe his ancestors who inhabited his family home—the grave Elizabethan statesman, the good-for-nothing gadabout at the seedy court of James I, the dashing cavalier, the Restoration rake, the 3rd Duke of the ancien régime—who inhabited his family home and were described by Vita Sackville-West (born at Knole) as “a race too prodigal, too amorous, too weak, too indolent, and too melancholy.”

Lord Sackville will talk about the way his family has shaped and furnished the house, and describe how Knole itself has shaped the Sackvilles, influencing their lives and their relationships up to the present day.

The stunning images of the interiors and architectural and decorative features taken by Ashley Hicks for Knole: A Private View of One of Britain’s Great Houses, published by Rizzoli 2022.

Set of pastels at Knole by female Venetian Rococo painter Rosalba Carriera. Charles Sackville, 2nd Duke of Dorset at bottom right; his Italian mistress Lucia Panichi, at bottom left ©Photo by Ashley Hicks. From Knole: A Private View of One of Britain’s Great Houses, Rizzoli, 2022.

Robert Sackville-West, 7th Baron Sackville

Robert Sackville-West, 7th Baron Sackville, studied history at Oxford University and went on to work in publishing. He now chairs Knole Estates, the property and investment company that, in parallel with the National Trust, runs the Sackville family’s interests at Knole.

IN-PERSON

Friday, October 7 | 6:00 p.m. (ET)

The General Society Library

20 W. 44th Street, NYC (Bet. 5th and 6th)

Reception and booksigning following

$35 members; $40 non-members and guests

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RENT

From Saturday, October 8th to Wednesday, October 19th

Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure

$20 members; $25 non-members and guests

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*If you are a Royal Oak member, you must be signed into the website to register as a member. Click the sign in button at the top right of the shopping cart. Add the standard ticket to the cart and the discount will apply at check out.