Scotney and Corsham

The Victorian National Trust house at Scotney was the home of the architectural historian, Christopher Hussey. There are some John Pipers to see (of Cuckmere as well as of the Castle), but a particular treat is to see 2 major works by the portraitist, John Ward, who died in 2007. Christopher Hussey gets the full-length treatment in a magnificent picture; his wife is presented in slightly smaller format towards the top of the stairs, but still an excellent picture.

Corsham Court was the home of the 4th Baron Methuen, who was a serious mid-20th century artist. Unfortunately, nothing by him is on display in the public rooms, which are full of splendid Old Masters, in amongst which his work would admittedly look a little odd.