Monday, 21 September 2015

Getting Out and About

One of two sentinel statues at the entrance of the walled garden at Bowood House, Calne, Wilts.

It was here that Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen. Capability Brown landscaped the parkland and there is a magnificent arboretum of global heritage. Napoleon's death mask lies in a glass case with other equally intriguing artifacts including a fancy-dress costume worn by non other than Lord Byron. Extraordinary.

Layers of history, story upon story, connections, collections and view points. 

A postcard through the letter-box... a snatch of conversation overheard... the particular choice of adjective... finding a discarded button... 

What is the story behind this beautiful statue?

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