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Port Eliot collection

Photograph showing a country house from across a park. The house is made of several extensions in different styles and types of stone. Behind the house is a church and housing.

In early 2007 the Museum acquired an important collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds paintings from the Earl of St Germans under the ‘Acceptance in Lieu’ scheme.

The collection featured a series of 23 portraits from the Port Eliot estate in St Germans, Cornwall – 14 of which were painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds and nine painted by some of his main contemporaries.

The portraits will remain in situ at Port Eliot. An initial 25-year in situ loan agreement was signed with the estate in 2007 to guarantee a minimum of 100 days public access to the paintings each year.

As a result, Port Eliot house and gardens are usually open to the public from March to June each year.  However, due to circumstances beyond our control, Port Eliot House will be closed to visitors during 2019.  A temporary exemption to the 100 days access has been granted by Arts Council England.

Please check the Port Eliot website for the latest information on public access to the Estate.

You can find out more Sir Joshua Reynolds by visiting our mini-site. More information about the people within the paintings is on our online catalogue.  The paintings are also on the Art UK website.