Petworth News

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

18 – 20 JUNE 2021

Friday  | Saturday  | Sunday 

After six successful years in Petworth Park, we look forward to returning at the new date of 18-20 June. The famous National Trust property in the picturesque market town of Petworth has proved an ideal venue, attracting thousands of eager visitors. In its socially distanced layout, the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair has around 55 exhibitors, predominantly members of The British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. They offer for sale a wide range of desirable items from furniture, jewellery, sculpture, glass, lighting, vintage watches and silver to paintings, drawings, ceramics, clocks, 20th century design objects, garden statuary, historical medals, aeronautical and many other decorative and unique works of art spanning the centuries.

We are very happy to again work with The National Trust at Petworth House as well as with the local dealer association PAADA and the Petworth Business Association, creating yet another exciting event. The grand 17th century house boasts an internationally important art collection, and together with its ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped country park, it provides a magnificent backdrop for our annual fair. Currently, Petworth House is closed to visitors but the park remains open for local residents to access and visits to the Pleasure Gardens can be pre booked on-line.

The fair has its own free car park by the marquee – access is from the A272 Tillington Road through the gate at New Lodges. The AA signs will direct traffic to this entrance and not to the main car park on the A283, where there is a charge of £4 for non-National Trust members. The pedestrian entrance is via the Cricket Lodge gate, also on the A272.

Light refreshments are available outside the Marquee.

Dogs that can be carried and guide/assistance dogs are welcome.

For local information, including details of hotels, restaurants and things to do, please visit

Rodger McPhail Exhibition at Rountree Tryon Gallery – 22 May – 5 June

10.00am – 6.00pm

Rodger McPhail, son of a Scottish father and a Lancastrian mother, has always lived in Lancashire. After graduating from the Liverpool School of Art he travelled to Spain, where he was commissioned to paint a partridge shooting series, and in 1977 he made his first visit to the United States to complete commissions of shooting scenes in South Carolina and Georgia.

McPhail claims he took to painting because he was no good at anything else, but his extraordinary talent was recognised early by Tony Jackson, then editor of the Shooting Times, who introduced him to the Hon. Aylmer Tryon. McPhail regards Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet (1932–1995) as his greatest mentor. Although he makes frequent use of his camera and other references, McPhail has a photographic memory and is skilled at working quickly and accurately. In his early days McPhail was criticised for being too photographic and recording wingbeats that the human eye could not register, but these voices have faded in the face of the artist’s inimitable, distinctive style.

Since his first solo exhibition at the Tryon Gallery in 1977, McPhail has had consistent success, right up to his most recent show in early summer 2019.

McPhail is a leading British sporting and wildlife artist, at the very forefront of the genre. He is also a sensitive portraitist and is in demand as a cartoonist and illustrator. Many of his paintings have been reproduced as limited edition prints, and is world renowned for his iconic label image for Famous Grouse Scotch whisky.

Sean Durkin Solo Exhibition: ‘Catch Me If You Can’ at Forest Gallery 22 – 29 May

10.00am – 5.00pm

Preview evening: 21st May with appearance from Sean Durkin (RSVP to to be added to the guest list)

Forest Gallery are thrilled to present Sean Durkin’s first ever solo exhibition, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (you may have caught a glimpse of the new window decoration already). Inspired by his father who made the headlines back in 1972 by stealing an original L.S. Lowry, Sean’s work includes many nods to a fascinating childhood experience and the artist will be making a special appearance in Petworth on the preview night. The exhibition will feature an unprecedented selection of original paintings, the launch of an exclusive set of limited edition prints and the opportunity to meet the man behind it all.


Anne Desmet’s Choice – Prints by Royal Academicians at Kevis House Gallery –  1April  – 15 May 

10.00am – 5.00pm

The whole exhibition can be seen online here, while we eagerly await the moment we can welcome visitors back to Petworth, from Monday 12 April.

We are delighted that Anne Desmet RA has invited four of her fellow Royal Academicians to submit work for this Kevis House Gallery exhibition. The artists are Norman Ackroyd RA, Chris Orr RA, Rebecca Salter PRA, and Emma Stibbon RA.

We hope you’ll visit us – either online or better still in the gallery in Petworth.

Joan Miró. la Gran Belleza At Newlands House Gallery – 1 May –  4 July

One of the twentieth century’s most celebrated artists, Joan Miró’s magical universe is explored in this intimate exhibition spanning 50 years of creative production.

Joan Miró i Ferrà (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma de Mallorca, 1983) is one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated artists, whose influence and legacy continues to be ever-present in our times today. Painter, sculptor and ceramicist, his lifelong playful flirtation with abstraction and geometry have secured his place in the pantheon of art history.

Avoiding categorisation, neither cubist, surrealist nor abstract artist, this exhibition aims to take a journey through more than 50 years of the artist’s creative production. The tour begins in 1931, with a small figurative painting in which one can identify the beginning of that unique visual language characteristic of Miró. It ends in 1981 with a series of engravings that boast the wealth of his creative universe. The exhibition features his paintings, sculptures, engravings, and drawings, presenting the progression of his style as he ‘honed in’ on his artistic voice. This survey show is an intimate walk-through Miró’s colourful career.

Newlands House, Pound Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DX

01798 65 1002


Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 11am-4pm

Student concessions Available Weds – Fri

Summer Exhibition: Painting and Sculpture at Moncrieff Bray Gallery, 30 April – 26 June

We really look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery and sculpture garden  with our major exhibition of works by over 40 artists selected  from Land’s End to the Isle of Arran
Opening Times 
From 30th April – 8th May   Open daily, 10 am-4 pm
Thereafter From 9th May to 26th June  Tuesday  to Saturday, 10 am-4 pm  At other times by arrangement 
Even with  our high ceilings, wide barn doors and sculpture garden we want to limit the numbers so  you enjoy your visit to the full.  If you can please ring or email  us ahead of your visit.
Tel: 07867 978 414


From 30th April to 8th May: Open daily, 10 am–4 pm:  Booking essential
Then 9th May to 26th June :  Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am–4 pm:  Booking essential

Masterpiece cancelled but Petworth Fair takes June slot

Masterpiece London has cancelled the physical edition of its 2021 event because of coronavirus restrictions – but the Petworth Park Antiques Fair will go ahead in June.

Meanwhile, organiser The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd (ADFL) has successfully negotiated with the National Trust to find new dates for the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair after coronavirus restrictions forced the event to cancel in May.

The Antiques Fair will now take place on 18th- 20th June after the National Trust granted a license to go ahead. Dealers have signed up and tickets are now on sale.

The Fair was one of the few that could take place last year as it is held outside in a purpose-built marquee in the National Trust’s Petworth House in West Sussex.

Antiques News Fairs – Patricia Harvey

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News from Antiques News Fairs – We received the news of Patricia Harvey’s death last week, 25th February 2021, with great sadness.

She was key in shaping the antiques industry that we know and love today and particularly influential in the area of decorative antiques, thanks to having founded and organised The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 35 years ago. Dealer Spencer Swaffer commented on the impact the fair had at that point in the industry: “Patricia Harvey’s genius was to make antiques sexy, edgy and relevant again. Her fair gave dealers a stage on which to present their talent, and the great and the good of the interiors trade queued out of the door to buy” @DecorativeFair organiser Darren Hudson said of her, “a titan of the industry she was sometimes tough but always there when one needed help.” Whether you knew her from her shop in Westbourne Grove or Church Street, NW8 or markets in Camden Passage, Portobello road and Bermondsey, she is a personality that one doesn’t quickly forget.

Her daughter Victoria Harvey – who continues to run her shop in Church Street – remembers her as, “strong, quite fierce at times but seriously kind, loving and loyal.” Victoria, her sister Sarah and the rest of her family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Petworth House Conservation Grant News

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The National Trust’s conservation team has received a funding boost from an American charity – The Royal Oak Foundation. The charity was founded in 1973 and has donated £3m.

The charity was launched to raise awareness of the National Trust by inspiring support from the US.

The gift will help conservation of some of the Trust’s most significant collections for the next five years, funding major work mainly based at the Charity’s specialist Conservation Studio at Knole in Kent which opened in 2017.

Among those items to be restored is a set of nine chairs at Petworth House. The chairs were most probably purchased in 1636 by Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland (1602-1668) for his house in London.

Africa at Rountree Tyron Gallery

Africa at Roundtree Gallery

1 – 9 DECEMBER 2020

10.00am – 6.00pm

Rountree Tryon Galleries annual Africa exhibiton with works by Paul Augustinus, Emily Lamb, Mandy Shepherd and others.

Back from the Hill at Rountree Tryon Gallery

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3 – 21 NOVEMBER 2020

10.00am – 6.00pm

Our annual ‘Back from the Hill’ exhibition for 2020, featuring works by Anna Clare Lees-Buckley, Rodger McPhail, Jim Starr, John Cyril Harrison, Tim Scott Bolton, Sir Peter Scott and many more.

Autumn Exhibition at Moncrieff Bray Gallery

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We are running by appointment to ensure everyone’s safety.

Opening days: Friday 30 October 10am—5 pm, Saturday 31 October 10am—4pm,
Sunday 1 November 10am—2pm
Then every Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 4 pm

We look forward to booking you in.

The show has a strong emphasis on sculpture with works by leading British Contemporary sculptors arranged in the sculpture garden and smaller pieces in the gallery. Sculpture can transform a garden especially in the autumn and winter months. We are excited to have new works by Paul Vanstone, Aly Brown, Emma Maiden, Jilly Sutton, Alyosha Moeran, Dominic Welch and many others. The paintings will include works by amongst others; David Humphreys, Oona Campbell, Vivienne Williams, Anthony Garratt and Rosie Copeland.

We are especially delighted to be offering a rare group of early works by John Hitchens from 1968 – 1986 recently exhibited at his major retrospective exhibition ‘Aspects of Landscape’ at Southampton City Art Gallery.

Celia Lewis (in conjunction with our Summer Exhibition of gallery artists) at Moncrieff Bray Gallery

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11 – 26 SEPTEMBER 2020

We are delighted to introduce Celia Lewis’ original watercolours on her stunning linocut backgrounds, together with a selection of her linocut prints.

Other days: Tues to Sat, 10am – 5pm, by appointment only. (we can ensure social distancing with our 1,500 square foot gallery and three acre garden. We welcome visitors but ring or email ahead.

Celia creates work infused with the colour and vitality of the natural world. Abstract motifs are juxtaposed with figurative characters, her expressive depictions of birds, insects, farm animals and flora are enriched by the interplay of pattern and design, the real and the fictive. She is one of the country’s foremost exponents of linocuts a modern British tradition going back to the likes of Cyril Powers and Edward Bawden. These new works combine linocuts with original watercolours to wonderful effect.

Celia captures the characters of these animals, personally known to her, placing them against her linocut backgrounds to lustrous effect. Celia’s work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy and she recently held a sell-out exhibition at the Watts Gallery, Compton. Celia studied with Signorina Simi at what is now the Charles Cecil Studio in Florence. She has taken part in national exhibitions and has won several prizes including the 2005,Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) medal and the Winsor & Newton Prize at the RWS Open Exhibition 2010. In 2016 she achieved a Diploma from the Chelsea School of Botanical Art.

She has published several books including The Illustrated Guide

Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Farm, Woodruffs Lane
Egdean, Petworth, West Sussex RH20 1JX
Tel: 07867978414

Gordon Rushmer’s – The Wind in the Trees at Rountree Tryon Gallery

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12 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturdays 11am – 4pm

Gordon Rushmer’s new show is a comprehensive collection of watercolours that traverse the varied landscapes of the South Downs National Park. This much-loved area of southern England stretches along the south coast from the gentle hills of Hampshire to the iconic white cliffs of East Sussex and inland from the rolling South Downs to the Weald and Hangers in the north. The newest of all the National Parks, this exhibition celebrates the Park’s tenth anniversary and is supported by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Gordon has had a long association with the Park and three years ago started exploring and recording both the well-known and quieter places in the Park for this latest project. He walked the 160 km South Downs Way, and explored the rivers, villages, forests and heathlands. His works capture the many moods and the ever-changing weather conditions, from the frosts of winter to the hot days of summer.

For Gordon, who has always lived in his beloved ‘South Country, this landscape continues to provide endless inspiration and also relief from the harrowing scenes of war he experienced as an official war artist during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Over a twelve-year period he painted the activities of the Dutch and British Royal Marines and Special Forces, firstly during the Bosnian conflict then on to Eritrea, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is one of the few modern British watercolourists to have been included in Tate Britain’s much vaunted exhibition ‘Watercolour’ in 2011.

To accompany this exhibition, Gordon has written ‘A Celebration of the South Downs National Park’, blending his experiences, thoughts and feelings with over 90 watercolour paintings. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale during the exhibition. A percentage of the sales from the show will be donated to ‘Trees for the Downs’, an important tree planting project by the South Downs National Park Trust, see for more information.