Dotted around the garden were several bronze nymphs that had been created by Andrea Carlo Lucchesi.  The one pictured here is rather reminiscent of Eve because there was a snake beneath her foot.


There is also a very prominent statue of Hercules (by Van Nost) set before the backdrop of the castle.  You can’t see the castle in my photo, but you know me ;-) I  just had to take the photo from an alternative angle! The plaque nearby gives some detail of the statue:

This lead statue of Hercules was commissioned in the 1720’s by Robert Myddelton, and stood outside the main entrance to the Castle with a companion figure of Mars. In June 1770 it was removed to an outlying wood in the park, whence it was rescued in 1983 by means of an R.A.F. helicopter. The severely damaged statue, has been restored by the National Trust. Inscribed in Latin on the plinth is a heroic couplet recording the statue’s flight and eventual repose.


18 Comments CherryPie on May 12th 2010

18 Responses to “Chirk Castle – Statues”

  1. MTG says:

    An almost anatomically complete Hercules, CP.

  2. Andrew Scott says:

    The poor man has been standing out in the cold for a long time.

  3. Claudia says:

    Maybe Hercules can look at Eve to warm up…

  4. Andrew Scott says:

    Bit of an age gap though, isn’t there Claudia? Still, when the options are limited who cares about a few thousand years…

  5. Claudia says:

    Poor Eve! Her options were always limited….Not much better today even if there would be 10,000 around her!!!!! Great photos, Cherie.

    • CherryPie says:

      A distance in years and a distance apart in the garden.

      Curiously behind his back in his right hand (which is intact unlike the left one) he is holding some round objects!

  6. Sean Jeating says:

    How cometh Eve has a navel?

  7. I love the Eve statue. As for Hercules, I agree with Andrew

    • CherryPie says:

      Hercules was not quite of the same calibre as the nymph statues, but I am glad they rescued him.

      He is placed in rather an imposing position and looks good against the castle backdrop. Me being me chose to photograph an alternative view.

      I need to go back when it is less busy and show everyone the alternative view.

  8. jameshigham says:

    The nymph was more pleasing and not only because she is female – the material is more pleasant.

    • CherryPie says:

      Yes the nymph is more artistic (which includes visualisation and medium) and that is why it is more appealing to they eye.

      Although in a different medium, this male equivalent comes close to what was represented by the female statue in this post. What do you think?

  9. mutley says:

    I have a similar Hercules in my garden. But it has a larger …

  10. liz says:

    Now that’s what I call cellulite!