The House from a 1914 lithograph
Built / Designed For: Sir Richard Weston
House & Family History: Sutton Place is a 16th century red brick manor house built by Sir Richard Weston, a loyal and influential courtier to Henry VIII (Sir Richard entertained the king here in 1533). The House remained in the Weston family until the end of the 19th century. Though it had a succession of owners after the Westons decamped, it is most famous today as the English home of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, Sr., who died here in 1976. In 1980 Sutton Place was purchased from the Getty Estate for $17 million by the American art collector Stanley Seeger, who sold it six years later to the American billionaire Frederick Koch. The Estate is owned today by another billionaire: Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov.
Collections: On November 23, 2005 Sotheby's auctioned a pair of two-light brass chandeliers that were purchased for Sutton Place by J. Paul Getty.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 225, 1854.
Country Life: IV, 824, 1898. VIII, 854, 1900. XXXV, 198 plan, 234, 1914.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Current Seat / Home of: Alisher Usmanov
Past Seat / Home of: Sir Richard Weston, 16th century; John Webbe-Weston, 1782-1823; Weston family here until the end of 19th century. Francis Henry Salvin, 1857-1904. George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland, 1918-59. John Paul Getty, Sr., 1959-76. Stanley J. Seeger, 1980-90. Frederick R. Koch, 1990-99.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No