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One of the great things about our online collections system is that you can explore the collection as a member of the public whenever you like. You can see which items we have: all 259 items, only one item, or even the ones not on show. We can also select highlights from the collection and, with the new Fortune and Philanthropy stories at Upton, I thought it would be a good time to refresh our highlights. 

They contain a selection of items, from our amazing paintings collection including Hogarth, Stubbs and Saenredam

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…to some highlights from our porcelain collection including Apollo from Apollo and the Nine Muses.

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Our fascinating collection was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1948 by the 2nd Lord Bearsted. The problem we have is how to display the collection through a few selected items on our highlights page! The medallion selected is a fantastic example of Lord Bearsted’s philanthropy. The bronze medallion was created by the Austrian-born Jewish sculptor and medallist, Professor Arthur Immanuel Loewental. Loewental fled to England in 1934 from Berlin, following the Nazi takeover and increasing Jewish oppression.

The 2nd Lord Bearsted was one of those who helped him to establish himself in England and was instrumental in helping him to obtain British Nationality in 1941. A key story, highlighting the Bearsted’s philanthropy, it is now displayed along with two other plaques in our Sitting Room.

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A personal story about the 3rd Lord Bearsted, that visitors love to hear, relates to the walnut chairs in our Dining Room. There are other examples around the house of Lord Bearsted’s needlecraft, including the set of seat covers on the twelve dining chairs. After an accident in the Second World War, the 3rd Viscount Bearsted practised needlecraft as part of his recovery therapy. Each seat cover has the same style and colours, but each has a different pattern.

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