26/09/2018 0 Comments
Russborough House has recently reopened its doors after a million euro investment into refurbishments, new lighting, interior alterations and best of all a return to Russborough of many works of art from the famous Milltown collection at the National Gallery of Ireland.
In addition to the Beit collection, Russborough now features paintings from the Milltown collection returned on loan from the NGI. These are predominantly 17th- and 18th-century pieces including The Judgement of Paris, after Peter Paul Rubens, with its chubby beauties and flamboyant rococo frame. A playful Madame Baccelli, by Thomas Gainsborough and Country Road and Cottages, by Jan van Goyen. There’s an interesting stylised painting of the Beits by the late Edward McGuire, best known for portraits of writers. Alfred Beit was a keen photographer and there is a selection of his work in the basement, featuring Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, and Coco Chanel.
Outside of the many stunning works of art on display, there's also a return of some of the original furniture and so much to see and admire when visiting. The porcelain collection on the upper floors is particularly beautiful to see. A lot of work has been undertaken and Russborough has never looked so grand, especially with the new lighting, designed to highlight Russborough's many ornate ceilings.
The theme we have embraced this season is 'Rediscover Russborough'. This year marks the 40th year that Russborough has been open to the public and for many people who have visited during those years, there is now a lot more to enjoy,' said CEO Eric Blatchford.
With all the house has to offer there's also the beautiful parkland walks, a fairy forest trail for the kids as well as playground and maze, the National Bird of Prey Centre is in the grounds and if you've got time, discover the secret Rhododendron Garden behind the main house, when in full bloom its a hidden gem that not many know of.
'We are delighted to welcome both locals and those from beyond to Russborough this season, whether it's for a house tour, to enjoy all the estate has to offer or indeed to run an event,' Mr Blatchford said.
With over 1,000,000 people having visited Russborough so far, take some time to rediscover Russborough for yourself.