Tatton Park and its collections was left to the National Trust by Maurice, 4th & last Baron Egerton (1874–1958), and is financed and administered by Cheshire County Council. Most of the pictures were collected by Wilbraham Egerton (1781–1856) in the first half of the nineteenth century and include van Dyck's 'The Stoning of Saint Stephen', painted in Sicily, two Guercinos, a pair of Netherlandish heads: Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea (closely derived from those in Rogier van der Weyden's 'Descent from the Cross' in the Prado, Madrid), and Chardin’s, 'La gouvernante', a studio work retouched by the artist. The two views of Venice by Canaletto, painted c.1730, were inherited from his uncle Samuel Hill of Shenstone by Samuel Egerton (1711–1780), seen in Bartolomeo Nazzari’s picture of him when he was apprenticed to Consul Joseph Smith, Hill’s business partner. William, 1st Lord Egerton (1806–1883) bought the 'Venus Lamenting the Death of Adonis', attributed to Annibale Carracci and ‘The Holy Family with Saint Francis', attributed to either Annibale or Ludovico Carracci, and Wilbraham, 2nd Baron Egerton (1832–1909), known for his support of the building of the Manchester Ship Canal, recorded in Benjamin Leader’s pictures, bought the exquisite little painting on copper of ‘The Madonna and Child and Two Angels Appearing to Saint Hyacinth in a Vision', attributed to a follower of Annibale Carracci, possibly by Innocenzo Tacconi, which has been stolen and recovered in recent years.
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN England
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