New Harley Gallery Showcases The Portland Collection

Posted in books, catalogues, museums by Editor on March 18, 2016

A new building at The Harley Gallery (Welbeck, Nottinghamshire) opens on Sunday to showcase The Portland Collection. . .

The Harley Gallery and Foundation is delighted to announce a new building which will display historic works from The Portland Collection, the historic fine and decorative arts collections of the Cavendish-Bentinck family. The family, currently headed by William Parente, grandson of the 7th Duke of Portland, have lived at Welbeck for over 400 years and through the generations have developed a beautiful and intriguing collection. The Portland Collection includes examples from some of the most highly regarded artists of each era.


George Stubbs, 3rd Duke of Portland, Welbeck Abbey, 1766 (The Portland Collection)

Hugh Broughton Architects were appointed to design the new building after a tightly fought architectural competition. The new building will consist of a glazed entrance pavilion and two gallery spaces, with a fresh new look for the courtyard itself. The main gallery spaces will be housed in a new structure, nestled between the Victorian walls. A top lit, barrel vaulted roof will filter light into the long gallery. A broad variety of pieces from the beautiful Portland Collection will be on show in a large gallery space.

The new building will be situated next to the existing Harley Gallery, within the walls of the Victorian Tan Gallop. Recently, this area has been used for storage. It was originally built as a covered area where the Welbeck Estate’s race horses could be trained in winter or poor weather. The name ‘Tan Gallop’ comes from the oak chippings that were used to cover the floor. By-products of the tanning process, these chippings were soft and provided a good surface for the horses to run on. A portion of the Tan Gallop, further away from The Harley Gallery, was converted into artists studios by the Harley Foundation in 1980.

Curatorial Advisory Panel
Karen Hearn, Honorary Professor, UCL
Alex Farquharson, Director, Nottingham Contemporary
Tim Knox, Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum
Hannah Obee, Curator, Chatsworth House Trust
Michael Hall, Architectural Historian and Journalist


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