A brilliant monument to a Diamond Queen

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A brilliant monument to a Diamond Queen





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Sir Roy Strong, the eminent art historian and noted landscape designer is to mark The Queen's  Diamond Jubilee with a specially designed monument in his important gardens.

The Laskett gardens were founded in 1974 by Sir Roy and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman and are the largest and most important private gardens built since the second World War and are a unique record of the life and work of this extraordinary couple.

Sir Roy, the nation's leading art historian and one of the most influential landscape designers in the country is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a typically unique monument linking the reigns of our present queen with that of his particular subject the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth.

The monument was created by British ornament maker Chilstone of Tunbridge Wells from a design by the great landscape designer William Kent and has been decorated in the unique style developed by Sir Roy and is particular to the Laskett Gardens. The monument is further embellished with fine plaques by artist  Caitriona Cartwright.

The essence of the style is to decorate stone garden ornaments with bright colours and rich gilding. An unfamiliar sight but with echos to be found in the ancient world. The effect is novel at first but quickly grows on the onlooker as the treatment imbues the normally austere ornament with a striking and splendid character rather like a jewel or the plumage of an exotic bird.

The gardens, situated in the village of Much Birch in Herefordshire are still very much a private garden although visitor groups can be arranged.

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