Haddon Hall sitting on its hill, viewed from the
bridge near the entrance gate.
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
(Samuel was also an engraver), and how Haddon Hall looked in
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.
|Above: a much reduced engraving of the courtyard from
the roof of the entrance tower, probably created by Samuel
Rayner for The History and Antiquities of Haddon Hall,
published by Robert Moseley in Derby, in 1836, and one of
the first attempts at tinted lithographed prints.
Upper right: Louise's outside view of Haddon Hall's
courtyard from the Terrace. Both pictures disguise the
strong defensive slope of the yard down towards the
Lower right: a detail from Louise's painting above - just
a small section, but strong enough to make a picture in
its own right.
Margaret Rayner's painting of the upper garden terrace
at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, courtesy of Leigh Cort of St.
Augustine, Florida, USA.
More information and a close-up can be found on Margaret's
Left, we have an intentionally similar view photographed
by George Bramall in Spring 2003 for displaying here, and
for which we thank him.
It is quite apparent that Margaret has reduced the size of
the buildings to fit the composition she wanted.
Below: Samuel's engraving: Haddon Hall: View of Stone
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
Above: Margaret Rayner's chapel interior
(left), and an August 2003 photo which shows
that the chapel has undergone restoration since.
The arch and pulpit remain, but are off-camera
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 a 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.
Left: An interior view of Haddon Hall looking
into the long gallery. The painting is somewhat
faded and was picking up reflections, so the
contrast has been increased here.
Right: This 2003 photograph shows how the old
heavy wooden door and semi-circular steps have all
gone and been replaced by a more practical - if
much less romantic - entrance to the gallery.
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.
The fine box grid was presumably to ensure that
even fine divergences from the intended alignment
were immediately apparent to the engraver and
dealt with before they became significant.
Below, a view of the long gallery as it was in 2003.
To visit Haddon Hall, check their web site at www.haddonhall.co.uk.
Unless otherwise stated, modern photographs © Harry
Known paintings of Haddon Hall
Though we don't have an example,
we know that Frances painted at Haddon.
Banqueting Hall, Haddon Hall
Figures by the Fireplace in Haddon Hall,
Lady Looking out of the Window of Haddon Hall,
Long Gallery, Haddon Hall
The Terrace at Haddon Hall
Barons Chapel, Haddon Hall
Chapel, Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall Chapel
Walled garden, Haddon Hall
The Barons Chapel, Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall Courtyard [attributed]
Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
Haddon Hall interior (chapel)
Haddon Hall North entrance
Haddon Hall with Figures
Interior of the Chapel, Haddon Hall
The Terrace, Haddon Hall
The Terrace steps, Haddon Hall (sepia)
Also by Samuel:
The History and Antiquities of Haddon Hall
Illustrated by 32 highly finished drawings; with
an account of the Hall in its present state.
Published by Robert Moseley, Derby, 1836.
||Harry Drummond, April 2014.
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
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!
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