A few more horses from the family stables.
This is Bucephalus who was completely restored by my mother.
Next is another horse who lives upstairs under a huge tapestry. He is called Valentine and is very old. There is a sidesaddle pommel which can be removed and positioned on the other side. He is in his original state but has a new mane and tail.
The huge tapestry that hangs above Valentine was sewn by my mother over ten years ago. It has many family connotations like flowers representing family animals and a portrait of our thousand year old oak tree in the park. It was sewn in the millefleur design and has to be kept away from direct sunlight.
Lastly, Phar Lapp who my mother commissioned and designed with Alec Kinane from Legends Rocking Horses. Phar Lapp is an Arabian horse and probably one of the best modern rocking horses still to be made.
And do you know who this is? Yup, this is BeAnne’s ancestor.
The children in this portrait clutching their BeAnne are my great grandmother’s first cousins, Dorothy, Jeff and Polly Barnard painted by their father, Fred Barnard, who was one of Charles Dickens’ illustrators.
Dorothy and Polly also featured as the girls in “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” by John Singer Sargent who found the light in the painting so hard to capture that he renamed it “Damnation, sIlly, silly pose”!