Chirk Castle. Lucchesi Bronze Nymph

Andrea Carlo Lucchesi (1860 – 1924) was an Anglo-Italian sculptor born in London, whose father, from Tuscany, was a sculptor before him. Lucchesi trained at the West London School of Art and then at the Royal Academy. He started exhibiting in 1881. Lucchesi was an exponent of the late 19th-century British New Sculpture movement, a school based on naturalism and symbolism. His work, often mysterious and provocative, featured many female nudes; he considered the female figure to be “nature’s masterpiece”.

There are four bronze nymphs by Lucchesi in the grounds of Chirk Castle. The statues were installed in the gardens by Lord and Lady Howard de Walden, who leased the castle from the Myddelton family from 1911 to 1946. Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, was a writer and patron of the arts and spent vast sums repairing and re-fitting the castle.

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©UdoSm said:

She probably wants to get in there, because now in the autumn it will become cold ... ;-))
7 months ago

Erhard Bernstein said:

Nice perspective!
7 months ago ( translate )

HappySnapper said:

Any reason this statue is here, seems to be quiet modern against it's setting.
7 months ago

Amelia Heath replied to HappySnapper:

It's certainly more modern than the castle, Maurice, but there are 4 of these bronze nymphs, all slightly different, and each one is over 100 years old. This one is titled 'DESTINY' and was the winner of gold medals at Dresden in 1895 and at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Destiny is blindfolded.
7 months ago

Boro said:

Superbe cadrage
7 months ago ( translate )

Marie-claire Gallet said:

Beautiful castle and statue *****************
7 months ago

FarbFormFreude said:

great view and colors.
why did you put the sculpture on the edge of the castle ? it could be even more impressive in front of the open landscape ...
7 months ago

Amelia Heath replied to FarbFormFreude:

There isn't much in the way of open countryside here. Behind her and to her right is sculpted yew hedging. To her left there is another nymph also surrounded by yew hedging. In front of her is the castle. I liked the juxtaposition of the bronze nymph and the castle I have to say. :-)
7 months ago

Daniela Brocca said:

What a beautiful place and the sun you have, Amelia, we have forgotten how it is with the sun. here.
7 months ago

Amelia Heath replied to Daniela Brocca:

The sculptor was an Italian, Dany. ;-)
We grab the sunny days while we can. Today has been dull and dreary.
7 months ago

Annemarie said:

this is beautiful!
happy new week:D
7 months ago

Keith Burton said:

A really beautiful statue................and a nice sharp shadow of it too! Well captured in beautiful surroundings Amelia.
7 months ago

Nick Weall said:

Nothing quite like a good Nymph ~~~ Well caught dear LGM ~ Thanks for the info too xxx
7 months ago

Claudia G said:

Beau château, lumière et statue qui prône en premier plan !
7 months ago ( translate )

Robert Warren said:

Very beautiful!
7 months ago ( translate )