Monday, 27 July 2015

The Fountain of Love

Cliveden House Buckinghamshire
 
The Fountain of Love: Cupid and Friends at Cliveden

Wedged in between to very wet days, last Saturday was warm and sunny. So we went to Cliveden.  I normally see this lovely Italianate mansion looking up from the River Thames. It always appears to hover above you.

A marvellous sculpture, The Fountain of Love, welcomes visitors at the end of a bright lime tree avenue running up to the house. It was created by an American, Thomas Waldo Story in Rome in 1897, having been commissioned by Lord Astor for this spot.  


The huge Carrara marble shell is the resting place for three life-size female figures attended by cupid.  Water appears to come spilling out from everywhere. It falls into the cool green pool in which I dangled my feet as I drew.