From: Howard Ray Lawrence <howardl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 08:38:16 -0800
Petworth was passed by the Romans, when they arrived in England. That was because of the large size and great density of the woods surrounding most of England at the time. But now those woods are long gone. So are the Romans, except for their absorption into the present population.
Petworth used to be the overseas study destination of architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University (that is, Penn State).
The studies were held at North House just across the road from the enormous manor house and grounds.
The current Earl used to award the students prizes for their excellent work at the end of their stay.
( I have heard that this family almost became the monarchs of England.)
Petworth also had a fairly good jazz group, and a terrific flea market. And, it was not far from London.
But this program has changed from three diverse locations, Germany, Italy, and England to a single one.
The current overseas program is now centered in Rome at the Doria Pamphili Palace.
This building from the fifteenth century was built for the cardinals of the diocese of Santa Maria and inhabited by the Della Rovere, the Aldobrandini and the Pamphili before becoming the property of the Doria family. The Doria-Pamphili Gallery, one of the most beautiful in Rome, includes works by Tiziano, Tintoretto, Correggio, Raphael, and others.