Petworth News

Antiques News Fairs - Patricia Harvey

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

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


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

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


We are running by appointment to ensure everyones 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

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



West Sussex RH20 1JX

Tel: 07867978414

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

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.