EAST COAST HOLIDAY
Our main trip off was to Sledmere House which is a Grade I listed Georgian country house, containing Chippendale, Sheraton and French furnishings and some superb pictures, set within a park designed by Capability Brown. It is located in the village of Sledmere, between Driffield and Malton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The present house was begun in 1751, extended in the 1790s, and rebuilt after a fire in 1911. It was once the home of Sir Mark Sykes, noted English traveller and diplomatic advisor, and is now the home of Sir Tatton Sykes, 8th Baronet.
I asked if I could take pictures and was told I could only take general views and not specific objects as people were taking pictures of valuable items, offering them on E Bay, then when they had a buyer, breaking in and stealing them!.
Top Pic Sledmere House
Middle pic. The magnificent Hallway. Strong overtones of Wedgewood here, dont you think??
Bottom Pic. I was naughty and took this picture of this magnificent clock. Note the Goddess of Plenty riding on the plough carrying a sheaf of wheat and a reaping hook. Plow drawn by oxen and not horses.
The highlight for me was spotting two Peter Lely pictures on the walls. I seem to have a knack for spotting Sir Peter Lely pictures long before I can read their labels. At Audley End House a steward tested me out by walking me round the house getting me to spot Peter Lely’s. I got 9 out of 10 right, and my fail was by one of his pupils. Peter Lely is definitely one of my favourite painters.