The collection at Weston Park represents the collecting interest of several generations of the Newport and Bridgeman families and spans almost every type of fine and decorative art. Almost every object from magnificent Van Dyck paintings to a humble baby’s rattle, has a story to tell.
As a result on the walls of the house hang works by Van Dyck and Holbein the Younger to which have been added pictures by , Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and George Stubbs. In the Tapestry Room the superb set of French Gobelin tapestries commissioned for Weston by Sir Henry Bridgeman in the 1760’s feature the Love of the Gods and are one of only six sets of this type that were made for British patrons.
The family were patrons of Thomas Chippendale and his sensational chairs line the walls of the Entrance Hall, alongside works by Morel & Hughes royal furniture makers to the Prince of Wales, later King George IV.
Weston’s outstanding collection of ceramics includes Chinese and Japanese porcelain in addition to pieces by Derby, Worcester, Wedgwood, Chelsea, Caughley, Bow and Coalport. The collection is also rich in silver, some of which is displayed in a purpose built treasury – items include the Stem Cup fashioned from Charles II’s Great Seal of England.
Weston Park is an Arts Council Accredited Museum