Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Venus de Frog

This old stone byre once a home for cows and goats now becomes an artist's hideaway at Clearbeck House gardens. Located amongst the Tatham Fells in north Lancashire the land was once a farm but the Osborne family have over the decades changed it from dereliction to a mix of formal garden and wilderness with follies and sculptures.  Lets take a walk around the corner of this old byre
As you can see from the ferns and mossy tree trunk this is a  damp and shaded corner.  No need to squint at the sign I'll go closer
and here it is "Venus de Frog",
and here she is, keeping an eye on the frogs,  The byre had been built with a stone arched niche to contain the Victorian plaster cast  of the Venus de Milo.  It has to be kept dry, as must all plaster, and she watches the flow of Clear Beck at her feet.
I would love to know about the Victorian farmer who dreamt up this idea and it does rather typify the wonderful Victorian mindset.  Why have a plain structure when there is an opportunity to embellish.   The original Hellenic Venus de Milo was discovered in the 1820s and became a sensation so perhaps that might have been something to do with the choice of sculpture.  Alternatively as she is Aphrodite (Venus in Roman mythology) who is not only goddess of love but also purity and one would hope the high fell spring water would be pure. I imagine in past times the beck would be the only source of water.  

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at V here


Rajesh said...

Wonderfully interesting place.

Ann said...

Fantastic cottage for an artist,
such a picturesque spot.

Leslie: said...

What an intriguing spot! Beautiful surroundings

abcw team

photowannabe said...

Oh my, I would love to visit there. Talk about photo opportunities.

Roger Owen Green said...

what a wunderbar setting.

ROG, ABC Wednesday

ellen b. said...

This looks like the kind of spot I'd like to explore.

Reader Wil said...

I like those quaint old buildings! And I like such gardens, which are a bit wild in vegetation.
Thanks for your comment on "Veterans". Yes, we should not forget all those French citizens that died during the bombardments in Normandy.As I said in my post: "In the end wars know no winners only losers. Every soldier is damaged and traumatised."

Wil, ABCW Team.