Painting Treasures and Tales
Last week Roger Cole, from Painting Restorations, came over to begin helping us look at our paintings. We have over one hundred in the Hall. They are mainly portraits but there are some landscapes and some that tell a mythological tale. Our Housekeeper, Jacqui and our Estate Steward, Craig liked the huge painting that showed the story of Diana and Actaeon.
Actaeon was hunting in the woodland with his friends and hounds when he spied the beautiful goddess, Diana, bathing in a stream. So embarrassed and angry was she at being discovered that she glared at Actaeon. He began to grow antlers, then hooves and then turned into one of the stags that he had been hunting! This was his demise as his hounds chased him and his friends hunted him as they failed to recognise him and sadly that is how he met his end.