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The real high life: British opulence shown off to VIPS and a Lord at this unique MFAH sneak peek

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Christine Gervais, Gary Tinterow, Lady Cholmondeley and Lord Cholmondeley. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Ronald and Mickie Huebsch, Rose and Harry Cullen. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Robin and Lela Gibbs. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Mickie Huebsch and Gail Adler. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Mariquita Masterson and Judy Margolis. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Macey and Harry Reasoner. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Lord Cholmondeley and Gary Tinterow. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Scott and Kirby McCool, Laurie and Reed Morian. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Jim Daniel, Margaret Alkek Williams, Rose and Harry Cullen. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Jessica Younger. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Isaac Arnold, Minnette Boesel, Carla Knobloch and Tony Arnold. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Gary Tinterow, Nancy and Rich Kinder.  Photo by Jenny Antill
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Gail Adler, Jessica Phifer and Louis Adler. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Brad and Leslie Bucher, and Pete Bowron. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Kristin Hall, Mark Hall and Rachel Hall. Photo by Jenny Antill
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Sharyn and Jim Weaver. Photo by Jenny Antill
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What: Dinner reception and viewing of the exhibition, Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House.

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The 411: MFAH trustees were treated to a taste of British opulence with a special dinner and sneak preview of the new exhibition. Museum director Gary Tinterow welcomed the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, who spoke about the history of the home and its collection of English antiquities. Located in Norfolk, northeast of London, Houghton Hall houses one of the most extensive art collections in Britain. The exhibit will be on display at the MFAH until Sept. 21.

More than 100 guests viewed the exhibition before a seated dinner catered by City Kitchen that included a menu of grilled salmon, chilled cucumber soup, and summer pudding with blackberry sorbet.

Who: The A-list crowd included Isaac and Tony Arnold,  Nancy and Rich Kinder,  Scott and Kirby McCool, Laurie and Reed Morian, Lynn Wyatt, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson, Rose and Harry Cullen, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Lady Cholmondeley, Brad and Leslie Bucher, Macey and Harry Reasoner, Michael Dale, Mark and Kristin Hall and Susanne and Bill Pritchard.

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