Bradenham is entirely owned by the National Trust, which has done good work in keeping it free of plastic windows, showoff extensions and gardens given over to parking. Here is the eccentric and charming White House, its c1800 rendered Gothick front concealing an older house.
Bradenham Manor, Buckinghamshire. Late C17. Overlooking a perfect village green and surrounded by late C17 terraced gardens. Now, sadly, a training centre for a firm of accountants.
In the park at Kedleston, looking downhill to Samuel Wyatt’s rectory.
The old Rectory, Kedleston. Samuel Wyatt, 1771
Robert Adam’s fishing and boat house, with his bridge in the distance. 1769-70. Kedleston
A classic tall red brick Derbyshire farmhouse. Early C18, with C19 alterations. Lower Vicarwood, Mackworth.
GREEN Derbyshire grass (no filter) and Spalden’s Almshouses, designed by Thomas Barnes and built in 1723-4. Ashbourne.
Church Street, Ashbourne. Over the road, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, late C16, and next door a townhouse refronted by Joseph Pickford in the 1760s (swipe to see more of it). The porch of another fine townhouse, probably by Pickford, is just visible on the R. What a street.
Puddings from @pompetterestaurant: kirsch choux bun with griottines and hot chocolate sauce and the very finest crème caramel. Such a good Sunday lunch.
A love of pattern: the tomb of Sir Humphrey, d. 1581, and Lady Bradbourne. St Oswald’s, Ashbourne. The notice attributes the tomb to Richard and Gabriel Royley of Burton on Trent, “who were to be “inexpensive and popular”.”
Cold morning light on Victoria Parade. Broadstairs
I really am going to stop posting photos of Venice now.
Joseph Cornell, Setting for a Fairy Tale, 1942. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Tintoretto’s horrifying Martyrdom of St Lawrence + one of its preparatory drawings, at the Doges’ Palace exhibition. The painting, c.1575, is from a private collection, the drawing from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Swipe for more.
Not a colourful new year’s picture, but look at the reliefs: the babe with the ribbons, the arabesques. Palazzo Ducale, Venice.
Palazzo Ducale, Venice