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Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

Rosekrans Gallery, Special Exhibition Galleries 20B-F
October 18, 2014January 18, 2015

Discover the history and elegance of Houghton Hall, one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), Britain’s first prime minister. Constructed in the Palladian style by architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell and decorated by the influential designer William Kent, it has survived through the centuries in a remarkably well-preserved state.

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Adults $15-$18, seniors 65+ $12–$15, students with current ID $11–$14, youths 6–17 $10–$13, members and children 5 and under free.

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Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and private tours. Contact the group sales office at groupsales@famsf.org or 415.750.3620.

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Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with Houghton Hall. An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. 

Director’s Circle

The Buena Vista Fund of Horizons Foundation
The Michael Taylor Trust
Diane B. Wilsey

Conservator's Circle

Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Pascarella

Patron’s Circle

Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Andrews, Jr.
Giselle Parry-Farris and Ray K. Farris
Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton

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Houghton Hall

L: William Kent, architectural drawing for the Marble Parlour at Houghton Hall, ca. 1730. Black and brown ink and brown wash on paper. Collection of Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall. R: John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Sybil, Countess Rocksavage, later Marchioness of Cholmondeley, 1913. Oil on canvas. Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall. Photo: Bridgeman Art Library

Houghton Hall

Docent Lecture: "Artful Animals," Julia Geist

Anonymous Indian artist, Composite Camel, 19th century
November 5, 2013 - 1:00pm2:00pm

From sustenance to companionship, animals have played a variety of roles in our lives and inspire a range of emotions—fear, love, awe—as well as a host of symbolic associations. This exhibition draws from the vast resources of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts to produce a compelling portrait of the animal world, represented in a wide array of cultures, artistic styles, and media from about AD 1500 to the present.

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Guest Lecture: "Matisse in San Francisco" Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, SFMOMA

Matisse La Conversation
December 1, 2013 - 2:00pm3:00pm

Henri Matisse visited the Bay Area just once, in 1931, before setting sail for Tahiti. However, the French master's art and legend in this region stretch back to 1906, just after the great earthquake, when the American expatriates Sarah and Michael Stein returned home from Paris to check on their properties, bringing Matisse paintings along with them in their luggage. The Steins' local presentation of the artist’s brightly colored canvases—the first of the artist's works to be seen in the United States—launched the region's longstanding passion for the Matisse and his art.

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Programs Celebrating "Impressionists on the Water"

October 6, 2013 - 2:30pm5:00pm

Tango de los Impressionistas
2:30–5 pm

¡La Milonga de los Impresionistas! We celebrate Impressionists on the Water  with light, laughter, and beautiful Argentine tango en plein air. The museum's Court of Honor will become an outdoor milonga for about a hundred couples to gather and dance. Presented by TangoCalifia. Hosted by Beatrice Bowles and Terence Clarke.

Also featuring plein-air painting by Marius Starkey, who spontaneously creates a complete and vibrant painting on the spot.

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