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Goodwood House

Approx 4.5 miles from the centre of Chichester

The origins of the Goodwood art collection lie with the Royal house of Stuart. The 1st Duke of Richmond (1672–1723) was the natural son of King Charles II and his French mistress, Louise de Keroualle. Portraits by van Dyck are complemented by other works by artists such as Lely, Hudson, Gascars, Reynolds, Batoni, Mengs, and Romney. The 2nd Duke was a patron of Canaletto and gave him his first English commission – two views of London from Richmond House which hang in the Long Hall. The young George Stubbs painted three scenes at Goodwood for the 3rd Duke: racehorses exercising, hunting and shooting.  The art collection is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Regency interiors, recently restored by the Earl of March, heir to the present Duke of Richmond.