Category Archives: Anglesey Abbey

Classical Comparisons 7: Apollo Belvedere

Figure: Apollo Belvedere, Francis Harwood, 1786, marble; origin Gordon Castle, Morayshire.

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Classical Comparisons 6: Apollo

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Apollo: God of prophecy and oracles, music, song and poetry, archery, healing, plague and disease. Depicted as a handsome, beardless youth with long hair. Attributes include wreath and branch of laurel, bow and quiver of arrows, raven, and lyre. Son … Continue reading

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Classical Comparisons 5

I spent yesterday morning at Anglesey Abbey filling some of the gaps in my photography of the statues – 36 pictures covering 16 figures.  Domitian was one.  This is one of the Twelve Caesars, works from Italian (Roman) School and … Continue reading

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Classical Comparisons 4

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The four pictures posted here are an example of how the figures from the Anglesey Abbey gardens will be shown, in this case Diana the Huntress.  A description of the god and the statue will accompany the pictures. Diana (Roman) … Continue reading

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Classical Comparisons 3

There are three related aspects to this project.  First, I plan for the final work to be presented as a single image of one figure from the gallery opposite up to four images of the equivalent figure from the garden.  … Continue reading

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Classical Comparisons 2

The collection of statues at Anglesey Abbey provides the starting point for this project.  The figures photographed will be those where the named subject is represented in both collections, Apollo and Nero for example.  So, Vertumnus and Orpheus, who are … Continue reading

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Classical Comparisons 1

I’ve long been fascinated by the statues in the garden at Anglesey Abbey and a few of these have featured in posts since January 2017.  The casts in the collection of the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge similarly intrigue … Continue reading

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Covid 19 Day 103 3rd July 2020

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Covid 19 Day 100 30th June 2020

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Covid 19 Day 99 29th June 2020

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Covid 19 Day 85 15th June 2020

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Hercules ans Antaeus

Relaxing, if rather muddy, walk from Anglesey Abbey to Quy Fen yesterday.  Returning along Quy Water the bare winter trees allowed glimpses into the private part of the Abbey where Hercules and Antaeus wrestle on the lawn.  The figures, in … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey Colours

Anglesey Abbey is holding its ‘Nature by Night – Nature by Light – Winter Lights’ celebration at the end of November and beginning of December.  Past experience suggests that it will be beautiful and spectacular, weather regardless.  But more beautiful … Continue reading

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Anglesey Herm

A herma or herm, is a sculpture with a head, and sometimes a torso, above a plain, usually squared lower section, on which male genitals may be carved – the Anglesey Abbey example is decorously decked with foliage.   The form … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey – Re-imagined Images

Lord Fairhaven’s work to create a great garden in the uninspiring Fen-edge landscape at Lode was something of a magnificent obsession.  Pevsner describes the grounds as ‘embellished by much statuary skilfully disposed’, an eclectic classical collection gathered on the Lord’s … Continue reading

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