Red Drawing Room


Waddesdon is famous for its collection of French 18th-century decorative arts and 17th- and 18th-century paintings.

Assembled by three generations, the Rothschild Collections at Waddesdon include world-class objects carefully chosen for their beauty, craftsmanship and historical interest.

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Front view of Waddesdon Manor

Highlights of the house

Discover the high points of Waddesdon Manor. Where else in England can you find a French Renaissance château, built in the 19th century, and filled with royal treasures?

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Full-length oil portrait of Mrs John Douglas (Frances Browne), seated and reading a letter

Video: art at Waddesdon

Discover a brief introduction to the art at Waddesdon Manor, through this video detailing both the original collections and modern day acquisitions.

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Houseparty guests seated outside the manor

History of the house

Baron Ferdinand wanted an estate where he could escape London to entertain family and friends during the summer months. Find out more about the history of the house.

Where it all began

Research and publications

We are continually researching aspects of Waddesdon’s collection, which has also allowed us to collaborate with universities, publishing various books and online catalogues.
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Recent acquisitions

We continue to add to Waddesdon’s collection.

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