World Famous Collections
Woburn Abbey is celebrated for housing one of the most important private art collections in the world. Artworks on public view include the work of famous artists such as: Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Lely, Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Van Dyck.
Within the house itself, a number of 18th-century pictures still hang largely in situ. The State Dressing Room is hung with a collection of Dutch and Flemish old masters, such as Teniers, Cuyp and Steen. The Dining Room was remodelled by the architect Henry Holland and has for centuries displayed Woburn Abbey’s famous collection of Venetian views by Canaletto.
Queen Elizabeth I
The Armada Portrait is one of the most popular and famous paintings we have in the collection here at Woburn Abbey. The Armada Portrait depicts the Tudor queen as an icon of beauty, strength and purity surrounded by symbols of imperial majesty.
The collection of furniture, and individual pieces in particular, have been witness to many historic events over the last 400 years. From a prime minister's writing desk, where he sat to write his parliamentary speeches, to a metamorphic table which converts into a set of library steps, each piece has a unique and interesting story to tell.
Here at Woburn Abbey you will find porcelain from England, continental Europe and Japan. The highlight of the Porcelain Crypt is the Sèvres Pavillion (pictured right) as well as the neighbouring display of the Sèvres dinner service presented to the wife of the 4th Duke by King Louis XV for the help the Duke offered in brokering peace at the end of the Seven Years' War.
In Our Vaults
The family silver and gold is displayed in these two vaults underneath the house. Several of the pieces are still in use and are taken out when the current Duke and Duchess might be entertaining guests at the Abbey.