Contents APRIL 2006
THE FISHING ROOM AT KEDLESTON , pp. 22-31
NATIONAL TRUST ACQUISITIONS , pp. 40-47
WILLIAM MORRIS’S RED HOUSE , pp. 32-37
13 EDITORIAL The National Trust’s museums
14 10 TO CATCH What’s on around the world in April
THE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE OF ART AND ANTIQUES APRIL 2006
THE NATIONAL TRUST
17 NATIONAL TRUST NEWS Samson Spanier highlights important discoveries made over the past year
ADAM’SFISHING HOUSEATKEDLESTON THEEARLIEST PHOTOGRAPHSOF WILLIAMMORRIS’S REDHOUSE
20 NEW YORK NEWS Louise Nicholson is impressed by the discreet innovations pioneered at the Frick
The Fishing Room at Kedleston, Derbyshire. Photo: National Trust Photo Library/Andrew Haslam. See Eileen Harris and Alastair Laing’s article on pp. 22-31 .
22 NO FISHY TALE Built in 1770-72 as a picnic room, boat house and cold bath, Robert Adam’s Fishing Room at Kedleston, Derbyshire, is one of his most enchanting designs. Eileen Harris traces its history and Alastair Laing proposes an attribution for its mysterious paintings of fish.
32 MORE A POEM THAN A HOUSE Tessa Wild reveals a remarkable discovery: the earliest known photographs of William Morris’s Red House. They show it in the 1890s, when it was lived in by Charles Holme and his family.
38 BENEATH THE FLOORBOARDS Oliver Garnett reveals a lost letter, discovered at Red House, from Philip Webb to William Morris.
40 ACQUISITIONS 2004-2006 The first priority of the National Trust’s acquisition policy is the return to its houses of works of art and furnishings historically associated with them. There have been some notable triumphs in the past two years, which are described by Christopher Rowell, Alastair Laing and James Rothwell in this selection of recent purchases.
48 BEYOND THE NEEDLE’S EYE A newly discovered drawing by Robert Adam for Nostell Priory’s Huntwick Lodge transforms our view of this overlooked element in the house’s landscape setting, as Gareth J.L. Williams explains.
56 A PALACE OF ART BESIDE THE SEA The National Trust for Scotland faces a major challenge in reconstructing the interiors of Broughton House, the studio home of Glasgow Boys painter E.A. Hornel in Kirkudbright. Ian Gow explains the significance of this remarkable house.
62 DOVER CASTLE’S ANCIENT KEEPERS A newly discovered manuscript at Knole is a compilation about Dover Castle ranging from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Caroline Shenton traces the history of this unusual book, including its use by the 17th-century antiquary Edward Dering in enhancing his lineage.