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Postcard from Rutland: The Burghley Horse Trials

One of the most admired and visited places in our area is the magnificent Burghley House on the outskirts of Stamford. It was built in the 16th century by Sir William Cecil, trusted adviser to Queen Elizabeth 1st and holds an extensive art collection, much of it seventeenth century Italian, which was brought back from European Grand Tours by the 5th and 9th Earls.

Burghley is also renowned for its highly regarded annual Horse Trials, which return this September after an absence of two years. Held in the magnificent parkland with the Historic house as their backdrop, the event is the highlight of our sporting and shopping calendar. Gladwells Rutland will be there of course (stand A 27) and look forward to catching up with clients and meeting new friends over the course of the 4 day event.

As ever we will be displaying both topical and beautiful works by a plethora of artists. In particular, visitors will see A Huntsman and Hounds by Sir Alfred James Munnings known as one of England’s finest equestrian painters. This painting with its bravura brush strokes captures the lithe forward movement of the hounds as they trot obediently next to the huntsman. An important early work, it showcases both the artist’s natural ability and the experimental nature of his work at the time.

Those who visit our stand will be delighted to see Edward Seago’s A Norfolk Farm so seasonal for this time of year. Seago creates an immediate sense of place with the use of cool, desaturated colours in his big sky, which he then grounds with warm tones for an atmospheric perspective with the farm at its heart. He suggests wonderful detail such as the hens scrubbing around in front of the hayrick, whilst still maintaining his post impressionistic style.

We will also have a collection of original watercolours by Jonathan Walker introducing his witty reinvention of traditional country characters. Our favourites are the foxes and hares viewed through his highly unique lens, gently turn traditional tropes of country life on their head to claim them back.

Come and see our countryside collection at Burghley Horse Trials (Stand A27)

1st-4th September 2022, Burghley House, Stamford PE9

For more information, please contact Natalie at Gladwells Rutland on 01572 756518


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