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.
Robert Sheffield worked in the Chairman’s Office of Christie’s for 5 years before working for Dominique Levy in London. He then started his own art agency representing collectors and artists. The contemporary collection at Sutton comprises international artists albeit with a British focus. The collection carries on the family’s long history of patronage in the arts. Robert strongly believes that collections must keep moving and changing with the times to reflect the socio-political issues of the day. The new works of art complement and sometimes clash with the old, creating a lively dialogue that breathes fresh life and energy into the house and collection.