Chinese room Sutton Park

ABOUT SUTTON PARK

ABOUT SUTTON PARK

ABOUT SUTTON PARK

ABOUT SUTTON PARK

The Family

The Sheffield family originates from North Lincolnshire, and the main family seat, Normanby Hall, is now a country park. Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield live on the Normanby Estate in North Lincolnshire. Robert Sheffield, Sir Reginald’s son, lives at Sutton Park in North Yorkshire. The Sheffield family has a long connection with North Yorkshire, and after the family left Normanby Hall in 1963, they acquired Sutton Park.

The collection at Sutton Park came with the family from Normanby Hall. The most notable old master paintings and furniture originally came from Buckingham House, the London seat of John Sheffield, the 1st Duke of Buckingham (1648 – 1721). Sir Charles Sheffield, 1st Baronet (1706 -1774), sold the property to The Crown (King George II) in the 18th Century. Buckingham House later became Buckingham Palace.

The contemporary collection at Sutton Park comprises international artists albeit with a British focus. The collection carries on the family’s long history of patronage in the arts.

The House

The original Jacobean house, which had been the home of the Barwick and Harland families, was pulled down around 1750. The Harland family was responsible for building this charming example of early Georgian architecture, and the architect is believed to have been Thomas Atkinson.

Some of the park trees are several hundred years old and were undoubtedly part of the original Forest of Galtres: the spinneys of eighteenth-century trees dotted about were planted by Meikle, an associate of ‘Capability’ Brown.

The ceilings by Cortese in the Library and Entrance Hall are considered to be some of his finest work. The rare Chinese wallpaper in the Chinese Room is dated c.1800.