Capability Brown’s patrons at Weston Park, Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman, had a passion for brightly plumed birds.
So when Mr Brown produced his great plan for Weston Park, he specifically included ‘Menagerie and Dairy’ at the site now occupied by the Temple of Diana. Here from the circular tea room, the Bridgemans and their guests could admire the colourful birds and their sounds as they strutted within netted enclosures, providing animation and sounds within the pleasure grounds. Although the menagerie has long since gone, this sensational group of studies by renowned eighteenth century bird painter William Hayes vividly brings Weston Park’s Menagerie back to life!
The Weston Park Foundation is grateful to Viscount Newport and the Bradford family for this generous loan of the pictures.
11am – 4pm