On arrival, thirty six members and friends left the coach at Salthouse Quay on the Waterfront – we were then free to spend the morning as we chose, shopping or visiting one of the museums or galleries nearby.
In the afternoon we travelled the short distance to Sudley House, once the home of Victorian ship owner, George Holt. Built in 1824, and much modified in the 1880s, it is a hidden gem where impressive paintings are displayed in authentic Victoria settings.
Works by Turner, Romney, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Alma Tadema, Landseer and Corot are just a few artists represented. Visitors were also able to see furniture, tiles, mosaics, stained glass and original wallpapers.
Other interesting exhibitions were the Childhood Room, an evocative look into the Victorian nursery and an exhibition of etchings, showcasing the work of Joseph Pennell and James McNeill Whistler, two of the most influential etchers, both expatriates.
A visit to the tearoom and pleasant gardens, where we could enjoy the sunshine before departing for home, rounded off a most enjoyable day.
Once again, we must thank Chris Cockburn for organising such a great day out.