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Diana the Huntress

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Pashley Road
Town:Ticehurst
Parish:Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate
Council:Rother District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:TN5 7HE
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Object setting:Garden
Access is:Public
Location note:Jubilee Courtyard, Pashley Manor Gardens
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:42
Grid reference:C3
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Company/Group :Students from the Accademia, Florence
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Purchased by Mr. & Mrs. James Sellick, Pashley Manor Gardens
Construction period:c1985
Installation date:1985
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Mr. & Mrs. James Sellick, Pashley Manor Gardens
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Sculpted from one piece of sandstone, a statue of a semi-naked Diana, dressed only in a short vestment of oak leaves. The figure has log wavy hair and wears a half-moon and serpent head-dress. In her left hand she holds a bow. Her right arm is raised over her right shoulder as she reaches for an arrow from a quiver. At her left foot sits a hunting dog, in readiness, with head raised towards the head of the figure.
Iconographical description:In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and also of the moon. In literature she was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Artemis. Along with her main attributes, Diana was an emblem of chastity. Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made up a trinity with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Animal, Sculptural
Object type1:Statue
Object type2:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Group
Subject type2:Mythological
     Subject subtype1:Standing

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Object Parts

Part 1:Plinth
     Material:Sandstone
     Height (cm):50
     Width (cm):46
     Depth (cm):46
Part 2:Statue
     Material:Sandstone
     Height (cm):165
     Width (cm):50
     Depth (cm):40

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, deterioration
     Condition 2: Biological growth
     More details:Some weather wearing to the finer detail. Moss and other biological growth all over the statue.
Date of on-site inspection:17/09/2008

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History

History:Mr and Mrs James Sellick are the owners and inhabitants of Pashley Manor. The house has a Tudor front built in 1550 by Sir Thomas May, and a Queen Anne rear added in 1720. It is timber framed and Grade I listed. It is set in 11 acres of award winning gardens. The estate can be traced back to 1262, when the de Passele family built a moated manor and held the estate until 1453, when it was sold to the forebears of Anne Boleyn who used it as a hunting lodge. It is believed that Anne Boleyn stayed here as a child. The Boleyn family held the manor until the execution of Anne. The present owners, Mr and Mrs Sellick have been developing and replanting the gardens, with the advice of Antony du Gard Pasley, since 1981 and opened the gardens to the public in 1992. Evidence of gardening at Pashley has been found from the 16th Century and the park contains oak trees that are over 500 years old.
(Pashley Manor Gardens guidebook & website)

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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