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Rough Point, located in Newport, Rhode Island, is a mansion and museum with an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts, as well as a sprawling landscape with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The property is experienced today largely as it was lived in during the lifetime of its most famous owner—the heiress, philanthropist, and preservationist, Doris Duke. The collection features paintings by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Renoir; Baroque and Rococo sculpture; Renaissance tapestries; and Ming ceramics. The grounds and gardens are spectacularly maintained. From the vast lawn laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, visitors can appreciate the full elegance of the house, originally designed circa 1890 by Peabody and Stearns for Frederick W. Vanderbilt, and expanded in the 1920s by Horace Trumbauer for the Duke family.
In her will, Doris Duke left the house and its contents to the Newport Restoration Foundation with the stipulation that it be operated as a museum in the manner of the other Newport cottages. Rough Point opened to visitors in 2000 and continues to offer guided and self-guided tours seasonally from April to early November.
View highlights from different areas of the collection including 18th-century British portraiture, French and continental furniture and other decorative arts also from the 18th-century, 16th-century Flemish tapestries, Chinese ceramics, and mid to later 20th-century couture fashion.