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The other contender for Best New Commission is a traditional piece of far sighted patronage by a great landowning family in the long tradition of their ancestors. It is a painting of the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant on the Thames in June 2012, commissioned personally by the Marquess of Salisbury for his home, Hatfield House, to commemorate and record this important national event. Lord Salisbury was Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation which organised the pageant which was itself in part inspired by a painting by Antonio Canaletto of The Lord Mayor’s Day on the Thames, now hanging in Prague. Appropriately, Lord Salisbury commissioned a new painting of the Queen’s Pageant from artist Nick Botting, who is well known for capturing the moment en plein air in the tradition of the Impressionists. The painting was on public display at Hatfield House for the whole of the 2013 visitor season allowing visitors to share their memories of this great national event while it was still fresh in their minds. The judges were impressed not just with the commission but with the way in which the painting had been immediately incorporated into every visitor’s experience.
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The Treasure Houses Of England
The Treasure Houses of England are 10 of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Together they attract in excess of 2.8 million visitors annually.
Members are Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Harewood, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey.
One of the most compelling features of the Treasure Houses of England is that they all offer the visitor a living history. Most are still homes to the great families who have owned them for generations. Others keep their heritage alive by re-creating scenes and events that have dominated and shaped England from the 9th century to the present day.
Between them they house some of the most important art collections in the world with famous works from artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough. The connoisseur of fine furniture, porcelain and china will find priceless examples of Chippendale, Wedgwood and Meissen.
Each house is an architectural masterpiece surrounded by beautiful parklands and gardens.