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Wilton House is an English country house situated at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years.

The first recorded building on the site of Wilton House was a priory founded by King Egbert circa 871. Later, this priory, due to the munificence of King Alfred, was granted lands and manors until it became wealthy and powerful. However, by the time Wilton Abbey was dissolved during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII of England, its prosperity was already on the wane – following the seizure of the abbey, King Henry presented it and the estates to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (in the 1551 creation) in c.1544.

The Wilton House “Double Cube Room” was designed by Inigo Jones and Isaac de Caus to display a number of Van Dyck portraits. The room is 60 feet long, 30 feet wide and 30 feet high!

Wilton House is an English country house situated at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire. Begun in 1632, it has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years.

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Wilton House is a county house in Wiltshire. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. Circa 1544 King Henry VIII granted the estate to William Herbert. Herbert married Anne Parr, sister of the future queen consort Catherine Parr. The 1st Earl of Pembroke built a Tudor house that only lasted 80 years. The 4th Earl pulled down the southern wing and erected a new complex of staterooms designed by Inigo Jones. In one of the staterooms hangs Wilton’s greatest treasure, a portrait by Rembrandt. The 11th Earl called upon James Wyatt in 1801 to modernize the house. The original Great Hall of the Tudor house, the chapel and De Caus painted staircase were swept away. At the present time the 18th Earl of Pembroke (William Herbert) and his family live in the house. Wilton House has been used in multiple films and television productions including The Young Victoria, Mrs. Brown and Pride and Prejudice.

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Princess Sophia of Bohemia (1630-1714), mother of George I as a shepherdess, Honthorst, Gerrit van (1590-1656) / Collection of the Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House, Wilts. / The Bridgeman Art Library