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Sculpture trail in the gardens

A walking trail

The gardens at Waddesdon are populated with sculptures. Mainly of marble, they animate the garden and layer it with poetic, mythological and allegorical narratives. Humans and animals, terms and vases mark pathways, create focal points and provide structures of relative permanence in the ever-changing landscape. In a garden, sculptures change too, with the growth Conservators cannot (nor wish to) utterly prevent the growth of algae and lichen or banish the insects that take up residence in the stony folds and crevices. Cycles of growth and decay and the movements of Time are central themes in Waddesdon’s garden sculpture. If some works evoke pleasure, leisure and play, others highlight their transience.

Lafite

1. Lafite

Unknown, Ceres, c 1700-c 1800?; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6124.1

2. Ceres

Unknown, Flora, c 1700-c 1750; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6126.1

3. Flora

Vittorio Barbieri, Infant Bacchus playing with a ram, c 1730-c 1740; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 3009

4. Infant Bacchus

Jean Raon; Apollo Triumphant over Python, 1699; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6150.1

5. Apollo Triumphant over Python

6. Red Carriage

Laurent Delvaux, Hercules, c 1720; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6132.2

7. Hercules

Unknown; Vase: Judgement of Paris, c 1650-c 1700?; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6134.1

8. Vase - Judgement of Paris

Bertel Thorvaldsen, Shepherd boy with his dog, c 1820-c 1840; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6127.1

9. A Shepherd Boy and his Dog

Filippo Parodi; Erato, c 1675-c 1700; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 3939.1

10. Bust of Music or Erato, Muse of Lyric Poetry

Style of Albert Jansz Vinckenbrinck, Vase: Allegory of Time, c 1675-c 1700; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6135.1

11. Vase - Time and Death

Style of Albert Jansz Vinckenbrinck, Vase: Four Seasons, c 1675-c 1700; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6137.1

12. Vase - Four Seasons

Unknown, Meleager, c 1700-c 1725; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6149.1

13. Meleager

Antonio Corradini, Pluto and Proserpina, 1722-1723; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6218.1

14. Rape of Proserpine

Giuliano Mozani, Fountain of Pluto and Proserpina, c 1720; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 6141

15. Fountain of Pluto and Proserpine

Unknown, Apollo Belvedere, c 1700-c 1800?; Waddesdon (National Trust) Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957; 800.1

16. Apollo Belvedere

Jan Van Logteren, Venus, c 1740; Waddesdon (Rothschild Foundation); 85.2003

17. Venus & Adonis