Hanging in style…

My portrait has now arrived in its new home.  It is housed among other portraits in Wroxton Abbey (pictured below, left), the ancestral home of Lord North.

The Abbey – although a Jacobean mansion, it is still known as Wroxton Abbey because it is built on the site of an abbey – lies just outside Banbury and now forms the home of Wroxton College, the overseas campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.  I have a long association with the College going back decades and regularly lecture as well as host conferences there.

The portrait hangs on the Regency Staircase (right, the portrait is in the centre), the main staircase in the Abbey leading up to the magnificent Regency Room.

One of the conferences I host at the Abbey is the biennial Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, which draws parliamentarians and academics from twenty or more countries.  One of the features of the Workshop is a tour led by me of the Abbey, explaining the history and distinctive features of the building, including the artwork.  I shall have to think of an appropriate form of words to explain the addition to the collection…

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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5 Responses to Hanging in style…

  1. Jonathan says:

    Given that it is the ancestral home of Lord North, my first thought was whether it’s a case of mistaken identity. Did Jack Straw have a hand in locating this new portrait?

  2. An excellent portrait, congratulations!
    Kind regards,
    Henry

  3. maude elwes says:

    This Abbey is a rare and beautiful building. It really is a privilege to have a portrait of oneself hanging in such a distinguished spot. It must be deeply felt the person given such an honour is deserving of it. Acknowledgement of their gratitude had to be fulfilled.

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