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Internal News - 19 January 2006

Prince and Duchess to open painting exhibition at Holburne Museum

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall are to open an exhibition of paintings at the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath next month.

In their first official engagement in Somerset and Bath since their marriage last April, the Royal couple will open Painting The West Country House & Garden on Friday February 3.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will arrive by helicopter on the University campus and will then travel to the Holburne where they will meet guests including Don Foster, MP for Bath, the Marquess of Lansdowne, the businessman Andrew Brownsword and Professor Glynis Breakwell, the Vice-Chancellor.

The Museum’s director, Dr Alexander Sturgis, will then take the Royal couple on a tour of the Museum. This will include a viewing of the exhibition, which features 30 paintings of great houses and estates in the West Country painted from the 17th century to the present day. The Exhibition continues to April 17.

The paintings include Jan Siberechts’ 1675 View of Longleat, on loan from the Marquess of Bath, and a view of Highgrove commissioned in 1985 from Felix Kelly and on loan from the Prince of Wales.

Dr Sturgis said: “Painting the West Country will be our first exhibition for 2006 and we are delighted to have secured so many important pictures from and of the local areas.”

The Holburne Museum of Art in Great Pulteney Street is the official museum of the University of Bath and staff and students are allowed free entry to exhibitions.

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Jan Siberechts'  View of Longleat (detail)
Jan Siberechts' View of Longleat (detail)

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