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National Trust, Westwood Manor

Photo credit: National Trust Images/Robert Morris

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Originally belonging to the Prior of St Swithin of Winchester, Westwood Manor has had tenants since the house was built by Thomas Culverhouse in 1480, including the wealthy clothier, Thomas Horton (d.1530) who created the solar, with the panelled room above it; John Farewell (d.1642), who introduced plaster work in the great parlour; the Tugwells of Bath, and the great needleworker, Edgar (‘Ted’) Graham Lister (1873–1956). He restored the house introducing a whole room of panelling from the demolished Keevil Manor in 1910, with portraits of all the sovereigns of England from William the Conqueror to Charles I, set in to the top of it. The somewhat naïve paintings of around 1700 showing two of the great social activities during Venetian carnival, 'The Ridotto During Carnival (Gaming-House in Venice)' and 'Visitors to a Venetian Convent During Carnival' are notable. After Lister’s death, the National Trust acquired Westwood Manor in 1960, but its first and long-standing tenant, Denys Sutton (1917–1991), the editor of 'Apollo', left no painting from his collection.

Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2AF England

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