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Kenwood Collection Highlights

Kenwood’s collection includes fine historic interiors, sculpture, furniture and jewellery. Most famous are the house’s internationally renowned paintings, which include works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.

Explore a selection of highlights from the magnificent Kenwood collection below.

In 1764, the 1st Earl of Mansfield commissioned Robert Adam to remodel Kenwood House. Many items of furniture from this period were made for specific rooms by leading London makers. Although a four-day sale in 1922 dispersed the majority of these furnishings, some of the original items have now been traced and returned to the house.

The internationally renowned collection of paintings has grown from an initial gift of 63 works. These were bequeathed in 1928 by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, to evoke the atmosphere of an 18th-century gentleman's house.

Below is a selection of just some of the objects and artworks that can be found at Kenwood today.

The Zucchi Ceiling

Explore the painted ceiling by Antonio Zucchi in Kenwood's Robert Adam library in ultra high resolution. Best viewed on desktops and tablets.

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