Compton Verney 1
Compton Verney was built in the 18th century for a rich industrialist and changed hands over the next 150 years or so until it was acquired by the army at the outbreak of the Second World War. After the war, it fell into disrepair and only in the last 20-30 years has its fortunes been revived and it is now known officially as The Compton Verney Art Gallery. The display of works is spread over 4 floors and, separately, they have various exhibitions throughout the year: at the time of our visit there were a few Canaletto paintings on show plus an exhibition of the photographs of Martin Parr. Not all of us bought tickets for Martin Parr, but those who did said it was very good, particularly his mono photos.
Outside the house is surrounded by lawns, this year dominated by a huge corn dolly, and garden walks that circle the lake. We were blessed with a warm sunny day.
My only misgiving with going at this time of year is that it is very busy and certain rooms were shut, notably the main hall, for a private function. Also, they had thinned out their collection on the third floor, which was a tad disappointing. However, I would not want to deter anyone from a visit as it has a certain ambience that is worth enjoying.
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