27 Mar Welcome to the 2019 season
Opening the 2019 season at Renishaw Hall & Gardens in north Derbyshire, is the announcement of a new exhibition which focuses on the life, literature and legacy of one of Renishaw’s family members; Sir Osbert Sitwell.
The new displays – which are located in the Sitwell Museum and will be open to visitors from mid April – have been developed by Christine Beevers, archivist at Renishaw Hall and expert on the lives and works of the Sitwell family, in particular the Sitwell ‘Trio’; of which Osbert was middle sibling.
“Osbert is perhaps less well known than his older sister, Dame Edith Sitwell, and yet produced many acclaimed poems, books and writings during the 20th century, as well as being a patron of many rising stars of the artistic world including John Piper, the now world-famous painter whose work features throughout the interiors of Renishaw Hall and for whom Renishaw and north Derbyshire was a great source of inspiration” explains Christine.
This year, marking 50 years since Osbert’s death in Italy in 1969, visitors to Renishaw Hall & Gardens can learn more about this important member of the Sitwell family. The museum turns the spotlight on his achievements and impact throughout the 20thcentury as well as at Renishaw, using material from the Sitwell’s family archive and library, along with published biographical information.
Great – niece of Osbert and current owner of Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Alexandra Sitwell, says: “This new exhibition is a fitting tribute to the passion my great uncle had for the Arts and also celebrates his own work and its influence on 20th century culture. I am delighted visitors will be able to come along and learn more about the achievements of this remarkable man.”