Collecting Charles James Fox

Posted: September 13th 2021

by Katherine Hardwick

On the 13th September 1806, the great Whig statesman Charles James Fox passed away. He had been a close friend and political ally of Thomas William Coke who collected a number of depictions of his dear friend.

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Conserving our Masterpieces - The Gainsborough Painting

Posted: May 16th 2021

by Katherine Hardwick

One of our most important paintings at Holkham is this work by Gainsborough, depicting Thomas William Coke ‘of Norfolk’ in his sporting best. Sadly, this work has had historic problems with flaking paint. Find out how expert conservators, ably assisted by the hall team, have undertaken the intricate work needed to conserve this incredible painting.

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St George and the Dragon

Posted: April 23rd 2021

by Katherine Hardwick, Collections Coordinator

To celebrate St George’s Day, Collections Coordinator Katherine Hardwick explores the history of the fountain, and why it might not depict St George and the Dragon at all….

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Dantedì! A Celebration of the life and work of the Father of the Italian Language

Posted: March 25th 2021

by Mac Graham

To celebrate Dante Day, find out about some incredible Dante manuscripts in Holkham’s collection and how important it is for us to send them on loan.

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Bath Tap..estries

Posted: March 09th 2021

by Katherine Hardwick, Collections Coordinator

So, you’ve heard of carpets in the bathroom, but what about tapestries? Learn more about Holkham’s opulent bathroom and the remarkable 18th century tapestries which decorate its walls.

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An Extraordinary Woman: Polly Fishburn

Posted: March 08th 2021

by Lucy Purvis - Archivist

This International Women’s Day, Holkham Archivist, Lucy, looks back at an extraordinary woman who broke the mould very early on at Holkham. Polly Fishburn first started working in Holkham Hall in 1813, but soon realised this role was not for her. Find out what she moved on to.

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Great masters of cabinet-making at Holkham Hall

Posted: March 04th 2021

by Guest Blogger - Dr. Claudio Cagliero, restorer and researcher

Within the art collections of Holkham Hall lies an often overlooked piece of furniture that validates a fundamental discovery in the field of the European cabinet-making of the18th Century. Dr. Claudio Cagliero shines a light on his recent findings and explains the link between a Norfolk Estate and one of the greatest Italian craftsmen of the 18th Century.

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How to support friends and acquire collections

Posted: February 18th 2021

by Katherine Hardwick, Collections Coordinator

Thomas William Coke (1754-1842) did a great many things for Holkham, particularly with regards to the wider estate and farmland. Generally, his contribution to the wonderful collection in the hall pales in comparison to that of his ancestor, Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1697-1759), who collected the vast majority of what is displayed in the State Rooms. However, Thomas William did add to the collection in a few, meaningful ways.

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