Essex mansion house prepares to welcome artists to its parkland for Heritage Open Day

John Constable's painting of Wivenhoe House, which was commissioned in 1816. Picture: UNIVERSITY OF

John Constable's painting of Wivenhoe House, which was commissioned in 1816. Picture: UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX - Credit: Archant

Family mansion turned luxury hotel, Wivenhoe House, will be opening its doors for its first-ever Heritage Open Day next month.

The house is known for being immortalised in canvas by British artist, John Constable, when he commissioned by then-owner Major-General Francis Slater Rebow in 1816.

Now, the estate is inviting contemporary artists to paint their own landscapes in the hotel’s parkland.

Oliver Brown, general manager of Wivenhoe House, said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting event and look forward to seeing the masterpieces that will be created.”

The house also used to be home to the University of Essex and survived Britain’s worst-ever earthquake in 1884, which only damaged a few chimney pots.

Some of the mansion’s previous visitors have included Winston Churchill, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela.

The estate will hold the Heritage Open Day from September 9-10, and is free.

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