were little pink flowers.
but everything was looking well watered
And here stood Orpheus with a leopard resting on his arms. The sculpture is by Astrid Zydower (1930-2005) who in 1975 starting with a 12" maquette to make a small sculpture for Lincoln Kirstein, he happened to be a mutual friend of the late Lord Harewood through his involvement in opera. When the fountain which stood on this spot crumbled and then was further damaged by frost in 1982 it was replaced in 1984 with this imposing and enlarged version of Orpheus who stands 8 foot high (I imagine with the plinth it must total 12 foot). The diminutive Astrid Zydower said it was the hardest thing she had ever done. The legend of Orpheus says his playing and singing could captivate both humans, animals and even inanimate things like rocks. The subject of Orpheus charming the animals has appeared in art from Roman mosaics to modern times. After admiring the sculpture and formal garden we made our way to those umbrellas on the terrace where they were serving cream tea.
heading past the remaining fountain, going up the steps
and settling down on by crisp white tablecloths, we and Orpheus gazed over the landscape created by Capability Brown as a lone red kite hovered low into view, its feathers ruffling in the thermals could be clearly seen which generated much excitement on the terrace. If my zoom had not been in the car that might have been the next photo!
An entry to ABC Wednesday - a journey through the alphabet sojourning at H