Further information

Portrait collection catalogue

Watford Museum is indebted to Dr. Laurie B. Harwood for her extraordinary dedication and enthusiasm in researching and writing about Watford Museum's collection of portraits of the Essex family.

Further information about the collection, including extensive details of the history and background of each painting and biographies of the artists, is available in Portraits of the Earls of Essex, their Wives and Children in The Watford Museum by Dr. Laurie B. Harwood. This book is available from the shop at Watford Museum.

The museum would like to thank Laurie for permission to use excerpts from the book on this site, including the introduction and family tree as well as quotes throughout the portrait gallery.

Links to other sites

Watford Museum
The Watford Museum website has recently been updated and expanded, with a glorious new design and many varied and fascinating features, of which this Cassiobury Collection website is only a part.

Turner Worldwide
The Tate's Turner Worldwide project brings together online over 2,000 works by JMW Turner held in public and private collections around the world, including a series of sketches of Cassiobury House and View of the South-West Front of Cassiobury House.

Friends of Cassiobury Park
The Friends of Cassiobury Park spread knowledge and appreciation of the Park and its historical background throughout Watford, for whose benefit it was purchased by the council in 1922.

Front cover of Dr. Laurie B. Harwood's book about the Watford Museum portrait collection

Front cover of Dr. Laurie B. Harwood's book about the Watford Museum portrait collection