Shugborough Hall, Front Elevation,

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Date:1860 - 1870 (c.)

Description:Shugborough is the ancestral home of the Anson family, who were later created the Earls of Lichfield.

The central block of the house was built in 1693. Thomas Wright of Durham designed the pavilions with their bow windows in the 1740s.

In the late eighteenth century, Thomas Anson, a convert to neo-classicism, commissioned James 'Athenian' Stuart to make further alterations to the house and build monuments in the park, with funds largely provided by his younger brother Admiral Lord Anson.

The last alterations were made by Samuel Wyatt between 1790 and 1806. Wyatt added the portico on the entrance and cased the exterior in slates, painted to look like stone. Wyatt also designed Shugborough Park Farm and the gate-houses.

In the 1960s Shugborough was given by the Treasury to the National Trust in lieu of death duties. Today the house and estate are open to the public.

This photograph is from an album of local views taken by Edward King Tenison (1805-1878), a highly regarded photographer in the early decades of photography. His family seat was at Kilronen, Roscommon, Ireland and he married Louisa Mary Anne Anson, daughter of the 1st Earl of Lichfield, also an accomplished amateur photographer. These images were probably taken during Tenison's visits to his wife's family home, Shugborough.

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Donor ref:FP81.022.0005 (17/1655)

Source: Staffordshire Arts & Museum Service

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