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photoblog image Chatsworth - The Grounds & Garden 6/14

Chatsworth - The Grounds & Garden 6/14

One (two) of a series I took during a visit to Chatsworth in September last year. Taken in the 1st.Dukes rose garden I liked this sculpture, one of many in the gardens, the inset giving you a better idea of the subject of ths sculpture.

Chatsworth - The Grounds & Garden 6/14

One (two) of a series I took during a visit to Chatsworth in September last year. Taken in the 1st.Dukes rose garden I liked this sculpture, one of many in the gardens, the inset giving you a better idea of the subject of ths sculpture.

comments (8)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jun 2016, 06:42
They must employ an army of cutters & pruners here..
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chris, but the gardens cover many acres so it would be quite a big army I think.
nicely presented, Brian. great shots. these are some well maintained lawns and the statue is impressive in its physicality.
Lovely presentation with this insert Brian!
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2016, 09:01
I like that big, old tree peering into the garden of topiary, Brian.
Brian Walbey: One of many fine tress in the gardens Ray.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jun 2016, 13:00
a very fine formal garden - I ike your montage very much.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jun 2016, 13:04
Samson and a Philistine
Copy after Giambologna (1529 - 1608) perhaps by Richard Osgood (died c. 1724)
Lead; late 17th - early 18th century

The two male figures in combat are Samson and a Philistine. The subject is taken from 'Book of Judges' in the Old Testament of the Bible: "And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand and took it and slew a thousand men therewith.''

This lead copy was originally in the garden of the 3rd Earl of Burlington's Chiswick Villa outside London, which later belonged to the Dukes of Devonshire. It was fashionable in about 1700 to have lead statues decorating the garden. This statue, previously thought to represent the Biblical figures Cain and Abel, may have been acquired by the 3rd Earl of Burlington from the 2nd Earl of Fauconberg when he purchased the latter's adjoining estate, Sutton Court, in the late 1720s.

Giambologna's famous original marble statue, originally the centrepiece of a fountain in Florence, Italy, has been in England since the 1620s and set a high standard for English artists and sculptors to imitate. Richard Osgood made a good living out of supplying lead figures for gardens in the early 18th century. The original may be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jun 2016, 21:26
I like your presentation very much; a good idea to include a close up of the statue.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. Philine has been kind enough to dig out all the information about this statue.
I like how you presented this, Brian!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.

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