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Mottisfont Abbey [May. 10th, 2015|07:57 am]
Tony Grist


Tudor mansion, Georgian makeover- with a medieval priory buried inside. The interiors are 1930s pompous- lots of fake marble- with the exception of a room painted in trompe l'oeil by the witty and wonderful Rex Whistler- the last country house job he undertook before going off to be killed in Normandy.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2015-05-10 07:51 am (UTC)
I do mean to make it to Mottisfont one day to see the Whistler trompe l'oeil. Have you seen the mural he painted at Plas Newydd on Anglesey? It's a marvel.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-10 08:07 am (UTC)
No, I've never been to Anglesey- but I know that scheme from reproductions (and TV)

I adore Whistler.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-05-10 12:46 pm (UTC)
Fantastic building.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-10 04:27 pm (UTC)
It's a mix of styles and periods but it really works
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From: artkouros
2015-05-10 01:19 pm (UTC)
I should have been born to the manor in England 200 years ago - I could totally play the part.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-10 04:28 pm (UTC)
The lifestyle continued until the mid 20th century. There may indeed be a few places where they still keep it up.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2015-05-10 01:20 pm (UTC)
Now you're in my part of the world - as in, easy walking distance from my mum's house. My favourite thing about Mottisfont - apart from the rose garden, which it's perhaps still a whisker too early for - is the eponymous spring itself, in the grounds. Once, I believe a meeting place for a Saxon thyng (hence the name). The Whistlers are nice too, of course.

Did you go you extra four miles to Romsey?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-10 04:33 pm (UTC)
We didn't see the gardens- helas. Wheelchair, gravel paths, the threat of rain...

Nor did we make it to Romsey- not this time.


And now we're in Oxfordshire.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2015-05-10 04:43 pm (UTC)
Always one step ahead of the law, I see!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-10 04:44 pm (UTC)
Once you start running it's hard to stop.
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