Talk:Ham House and Garden Wilbraham, 6th Earl of Dysart at Richmond upon Thames

Talk, Wed 27 Oct 2021

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London Borough of Richmond upon Thames,
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After Ham House survived a period of seclusion and retrenchment under his reclusive father, Wilbraham Tollemache, 6th Earl of Dysart (1739-1821) sought to restore Ham House’s position as a locus of hospitality and cultivation. He returned much of the house and collection to its former seventeenth century splendour, as well as making his own mark through expanding both the estate and the collection. Queen Charlotte remarked after a visit to Ham in 1809 that it was ‘so fine a collection that to know and admire it as one ought to do, it would require many hours’. The 6th Earl was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, himself a keen artist as well as a discerning collector of fine paintings. His patronage was extended to contemporary artists including Joshua Reynolds and John Constable with whom he developed close links. This support was continued after Wilbraham’s death by his sister and successor Louisa, 7th Countess of Dysart, who cultivated a close association with Constable and regularly invited him and his family to Ham.

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Map reference: TQ 180749  Lat: 51.46121 Long: -0.30180

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Tube stations within the borough: Kew Gardens and Richmond
South West Train stations: Barnes, Barnes Bridge, Mortlake, North Sheen, Richmond, St Margarets, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Fulwell, Hampton, Hampton Court, Hampton Wick, Whitton.
Fast trains from London Waterloo to Richmond and Twickenham, via Clapham Junction. Semi-fast trains also stop at Putney. All stations are served by slow trains from London Waterloo.