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Family portraits and treasures return home to Osterley Park and House

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Published on Feb 26, 2014

From 1 March 2014, a remarkable family will be brought to life when a collection of rare portraits and artworks goes on display to visitors at the National Trust's Osterley Park and House in West London.

Once described by Horace Walpole as the 'palace of palaces', Osterley's spectacular interiors were created in the 18th century by the Child family, the owners of Child's Bank. But for over sixty years their portraits have been absent.

Now a major ten-year loan marks the 'return' of the Child family to the house they so lovingly transformed with rare items of furniture and over twenty paintings including many portraits of family members.

Among the most famous artworks to return is a self-portrait by William Dobson (1611-1646), court painter to King Charles I, which was bought by the family in the early 18th century and has not been on public display at Osterley since 1949.

This ten-year loan to Osterley has been made by the trustee of the Earldom of Jersey Trust, following consultation and backing from the 10th Earl of Jersey.

For more information or to plan a visit to Osterley go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park

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