The Rayner family travelled widely in this country and Europe in pursuit of subjects, but they lived for some years in Derbyshire, and the nearby Haddon Hall became a favourite for them. This page shows scenes as painted by the artists, and how Haddon Hall looked in 2003.
Haddon Hall is open for visits by the public and permits indoor photography, but not flash photos. We did look for paintings by the Rayners on the walls of the Hall, but only found one by Louise.
Since there are plenty of Rayner paintings which we haven't seen, this page may add modern views without matching paintings in due course. We would be interested to learn of any matches that visitors to this page are able to make from their own knowledge or even from ownership. And we would be especially pleased to receive images (via the email or postal address below) that we can reproduce here.
Top: Haddon Hall sitting on its hill, viewed from the bridge near the entrance gate.
Margaret Rayner's painting of the upper garden terrace at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, courtesy of Leigh Cort of St. Augustine, Florida, USA.
Left, we have a deliberately similar view taken by George Bramall in Spring 2003 for displaying here, and for which we thank him.
The church interior below is believed to be by Margaret and depicts 'The Baron's Chapel' at Haddon Hall, a favourite Rayner subject with versions by Samuel, Margaret, Louise and Frances.The painting was in an antique shop in Liverpool pre-1944 and the shop owner gave it to the recent owner in 1977. The signature (not visible here) is in the bottom left corner and the surname is spelt "Raynor". The image picks up a flash reflection at the top, but is otherwise a nice clear view, presented courtesy of Betty Carpenter and George Bramall.
Right: a fragment from a larger picture by Samuel Rayner (not to hand and title unknown) which shows the pulpit in the Baron's Chapel at Haddon Hall. The young girl has slightly unreal 2-dimensional appearance, like a paper drawing cut out and added to the painting, though the subtlety of the girl's features are convincing.The painting could be circa 1830, or from the later period when Sam's daughters were getting old enough to practice their own art skills. It's even possible that the subject was one of his daughters.
Samuel included an engraved view of the chapel in his 1836 illustrated book about Haddon, and it is also the subject of one of his last paintings exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Autumn Exhibition 1875.
Below, another engraving by Samuel, this time showing the long gallery, known then as the banqueting gallery. In reducing this image to fit the screen, the texture of the engraving has compressed into continuous tone in some places.
Known paintings of Haddon Hall
Please take note: we claim no art expertise, and in no way do we offer provenance for any paintings. What you see here was compiled out of interest in Louise Rayner's paintings, but is based on sometimes very fragmentary evidence. As such, it is inevitable that there will be errors, though we naturally hope to reduce these over time.
We would gratefully receive any information or corrections that will help us to fill the gaps and resolve unproved links - for example confirmation of dates of birth, death, etc., and details of other addresses the family lived at (and roughly when). Images of any of the family's paintings would also be very welcome. Thank you!