Compton Verney, a Grade-I listed mansion house in Warwickshire, UK, was re-designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s and is set in parkland landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Compton Verney was bought by Compton Verney House Trust with financial support from the Peter Moores Foundation in 1993, by which time the house and grounds had fallen into decay, and it was decided that the mansion would be transformed into an art gallery. Opened to the public in 2004, there are six permanent collections, highlighting areas that are under-represented in the UK. Paintings from Naples represent a cross-section of masterpieces from the 'Golden Age' of Neapolitan art from 1600 to 1800. German medieval art includes work by Cranach, Riemenschneider and Schongauer.Compton Verney also holds exemplary collections of Chinese bronzes, British Folk Art, British portraits and objects collected by twentieth-century textile designer Enid Marx with the historian Margaret Lambert. This attractive new guide presents highlights of Compton Verney's six collections, including the latest acquisitions.
Kathleen Soriano is the Director of Compton Verney. Emmanuel Cooper is the author of many books on ceramics, including a biography of Bernard Leach. Since 1999 he has been Visiting Professor of Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. Xavier Salomon is Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Dr Wang Tao is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Archaelogy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Jeremy Warren is Assistant Director and Head of Collections, The Wallace Collection. Karen Hearn is Curator, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century British Art, Tate Britain.